Runners of the Month - June 2010



Anna Shih

Veronica Voakes

Anna joined the club almost exactly one year ago and has come far in that short time.  Prior to YPOM she was an on again off again runner.  But in her words she loves to eat, so being a more regular runner was important.  As so commonly happens, once she started running with us she has not stopped and has pushed herself farther than she thought she could go.  She set her sights on her first half marathon last fall and promptly added two more.

Immediately after that either through personal drive or club peer pressure (which is irresistible!) she signed up for her first marathon, the challenging Flying Pig on May 1st.  Despite the rain and hills Anna completed the race with a huge smile.  She followed that race up with the River Bank 25K the following week, and then the Cleveland Half Marathon the following week just for kicks.

For now she is concentrating on her favorite distance - the half marathon.  In fact she is a certified Half Fanatic member.  But don't be surprised to see her at the starting line for another full in the future.

This honoree comes as no surprise to anyone that has run with her.  Veronica started running last September and immediately fell in love.  Running 2 or 3 miles at a time, she quickly decided to sign up for a half marathon.  Her big break came when Joe stalked her on Facebook and talked her into joining YPOM.  As she increased her mileage, her runs got faster and her love of running grew stronger.

Veronica kept running races and getting faster, doing her first half marathon in Washington, D.C. on her 6-month running anniversary.  Before that race even occurred she committed to her first full marathon, Bayshore.  She immediately started planning for marathons 2, 3 and 4 in 2010, but was talked into waiting at least until #1 was done.

As most of you know by now, Veronica encountered a bad injury within a month of the marathon.  Due to strong personal reasons, she made up her mind to run the race, after being assured she would not cause permanent damage.  Despite the bad pain and the shock of finding Joe stalking her again at mile 24, she completed the course.  While it was not the smartest thing to do (and we will never let her do it in that shape again), her perseverance and mental strength should be an inspiration to all.

Veronica will be running Chicago in October, and plans to do the Vegas Marathon in December as well.  She also dreams of ultra marathons and who know what else.  If you happen to see her staring off in the distance with a goofy look on her face, ask her what's up and there a 98% chance her reply will be, "I love running!"

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