We are only a couple of weeks away from the 2020 Virtual Boston Marathon. This isn’t where we planned to be, but sometimes our plans don’t work out the way we want. That’s why it’s important to have flexibility within your plan. Bumps will come, unexpected circumstances happen, and we need to be mentally prepared for them when they arise.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the monthly series where I get the privilege to interview a mother runner who qualified for the 2020 Boston Marathon. I get to share their struggle/victory stories with you, and you’ll hear why the 2020 Boston Marathon would have been their victory run. We all would have preferred being at the start line in Hopkinton, but these women are running the virtual race knowing this is an epic and historic year, and they want to be a part of it.
It took 10 marathons before Joy Burke hit her first BQ on marathon 11. Talk about resilience!
Listen to the full episode to hear:
- How interval training helped her break the 4-hour marathon mark and hit her Boston Marathon goal.
- How hiring a run coach gave her direction and helped her see little details that she wouldn’t have thought of on her own.
- How she was able to fit in her training and goals with a full and busy schedule.
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Joy lives in Rochester, New York, with her husband and three children, ages 8, 7, and 4. Both she and her husband are neurologists, and she works at the University of Rochester hospital specializing in Neuro-Oncology where she cares for patients with brain and spinal tumors as well as neurological complications of chemotherapy and radiation. She also keeps a general neurology clinic treating conditions like migraines, seizures, Parkinson’s, and neuropathy.
She could have every reason to use this taxing work schedule as an excuse not to train, but she’s learned to fit it all in, and she has quite the story of overcoming to share. I hope you enjoy this week’s interview with Joy!
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