We’re featuring some of the members of our Spring 2021 training team leading up to the virtual Eugene half marathon and marathon. Julie Bonaduce is training for the marathon. Julie says: “Someday I hope to qualify for Boston but this is my first full marathon so honestly I’m just excited to finish this distance!”
Why did you join Team Run Hub?
I didn’t start running until a few years ago, never did track/cross country so I figured it would be a good idea to have some formal training and coaching while working towards my marathon goal. Everyone at Run Hub is super knowledgeable, helpful & approachable so I knew I’d be in good hands with this crew.
How did you fall in love with running?
I started running just to get out of the house after having my first son and it didn’t take me long to get hooked. I never would have considered myself a runner before but making progress with quicker paces and longer distances over the last few years has been incredibly empowering, and now saying “I’m a runner” is a badge of honor.
How do you stay inspired to run during the COVID-19 pandemic?
I signed up for a bunch of virtual races and kind of made a game out of seeing how many finisher metals I could collect. I really miss running with other people but having to do it all solo has been a flex of mental fitness and has been rewarding in its own way.
What is your running mantra when things get tough?
You don’t have to be first, you don’t have to be fast, just keep moving.
What has been your proudest moment during the training team so far?
Regularly going out of my comfort zone by doing tempo / interval work. Working on pace is much more difficult for me than just moseying along with a bunch of extra miles- so that has been really challenging but it’s also something I find myself looking forward to now.
If you could offer one piece of advice to others who are training for a race, especially a virtual one, what would it be?
No matter how excited and committed you are, you’ll have days when you’re just not in the mood. It doesn’t matter how you feel today, not every day needs be a PR.. just keep showing up.
Good luck on your first marathon, Julie!