It's never too late to find your passion in life! Though Shana Miller grew up in Framingham, MA on the Boston Marathon course and works today near Heartbreak Hill, she never ran until the age of 40. Shana met some girlfriend's at the gym, got inspired, and signed up for a 1/2 marathon 3 months from then realizing she had no idea what she was doing. She used a Hal Higdon training plan, ran all the training miles at the same pace, and finished the 1/2 marathon saying it was the hardest thing she had ever done—crying, emotional, and proud of her accomplishment. The next day she woke up and said, "when's the next one?" Shana was HOOKED!
Her running journey has been filled with big challenges! We discuss:
-Overcoming a missed medical diagnosis that sidelined her often over 18 months (piriformis syndrome)
-A hysterectomy, hormones, hair loss, & depression
-Hiring a coach (Victoria, @run4prs)—finding someone who believes in you, forging a partnership, & building a plan to stay healthy & strong
-Being inspired to get her RRCA Coaching Certification to learn more about running & give back to the community
"When I started running 10 years ago, that is what truly had me believing in myself, gave me confidence, and I started to become comfortable living in my own skin. Running has definitely shaped my life with a new perspective for self-image and how amazing our bodies are."
Shana has cut an astounding 38 minutes off her marathon, and ran a 3:49 marathon PR at the Baystate Marathon, which would’ve easily been a BQ in any year but last year's historical 7:47 record cutoff. She has a big goal to run sub-3:40 at the Chicago Marathon, which would give her a 15 minute BQ cushion. I'm looking forward to seeing Shana make her dream come true!
There is SO much inspiration in this one and I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as we did!
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