“Find a good, manageable training regimen and stick to it.”
“I always had the idea of doing a marathon on my bucket list,” he said. “Life, however, always seemed too busy, especially for all the training. But in 2011, I saw an ad for the CIM and spontaneously decided to sign up.”
Kuipers said he wants to do another marathon in the future.
“My original goal was to break four hours, but I fell three minutes short and that really bugs me,” Kuipers said. “It’s been impossible with a small child at home.
“But now that my daughter is a little older, I am contemplating getting back into it.”
Like Kuipers, Michael Covey, garden coordinator and former chemistry teacher, was disappointed in his time (4:01) in his only marathon, the Chevron Houston Marathon in 1998.
“My training runs suggested that I would do much better, but hot and humid weather can strike any time in Houston, even in January, and it was ugly weather on the day of the marathon,” Covey said.
Covey decided to run the marathon because at the time he had been running regularly.
“There are a lot of medical experts who think that kids need to be careful running long distance. I’ve been told that boys especially shouldn’t run over half a marathon until they’re done growing. I would say first talk to your parents and doctor. I think most people think that running marathons is something that only runners can do. But if I can do it, anyone can do it. You just really have to take it one step at a time.”
Jacobsen told Siragusa that he could start training for a half marathon and use it as a senior project and, possibly, as a theme for a college essay.
Although Siragusa liked the idea, his cross-country coach told him that running cross-country was completely different from marathons, according to Jacobsen.
So he decided not to run the half marathon.
However, Jacobsen had already mentioned the half marathon idea to her advisees – Molly Tash, ‘10, Angelica Gonzales, ‘10, and Marina Serrano, ‘11 – and they all wanted to run it with Jacobsen.
After they started training, they decided to run a full marathon instead of a half.
Jacobsen, Tash and Serrano ran their first marathon, the Big Sur International Marathon, in April 2009.
The area was hilly and challenging but beautiful, according to Jacobsen.
Jacobsen said she took over five hours to complete the marathon.
“Some people said it wasn’t a good idea for me to run the marathon,” she said. “All the girls were athletes. But my goal was just to finish it.”
Since then, she’s run seven others.
Jacobsen said the hardest part for her is at mile 18.
“When I hit mile 18, I know that I’m almost done,” she said. “I have only an hour and a half left. So I get really excited.
“And then three miles later, I realize I have another hour to go. So that range in there is really hard.”
In addition, Jacobsen has asthma, which once was a major setback in her marathon running.
“Sometimes I would have to stop running and get my inhaler and take breaths,” Jacobsen said. “It’s really scary. (PE department coordinator Michelle) Myers said that I needed to run at a pace that was comfortable. And now I hardly run with an inhaler anymore.”
Jacobsen said the best part about marathons and training for them is that she has time to herself.
“It helps me disconnect from my phone and my responsibilities as a teacher and mom,” Jacobsen said. “I don’t have to think about anything besides my run.”