‘Iron Girl’ runs again
Sophomore Jessica Lampron said that once she started running, she just couldn’t stop.
“I started running when I was in high school, my sophomore year I joined the indoor track team and I was hooked. Indoor and outdoor track, that was my high school career and I just kept going,” Lampron said.
On Oct. 12, Baltimore City will be full of runners like Lampron as they host the 13th Annual Baltimore Running Festival. The Festival itself is a collection of races and courses including a Fun Run for the kids, a half marathon and a full marathon.
Some of the races are more competitive than others and have strict registration limits.
The full marathon is only open to 4,000 racers, one of which will be Lampron, an elementary education major. Currently, she is preparing for the event.
“I’m running five to six days a week. Weekdays I run around five to seven miles and then I do one long run on Saturdays. Last Saturday I did 15 miles and this Saturday I am aiming to do 19 or 20. I do little bit of weights and stuff too,” Lampron said.
While this is Lampron’s first full marathon, she has experienced the atmosphere of a marathon before.
“I have never done a full marathon before. I did a half marathon in April, I did the Iron Girl Half, that was basically my first marathon,” Lampron said, but she’s not stopping.
“Eventually I want to try to qualify for the Boston Marathon, but I don’t think I will be able to this time, maybe next year,” Lampron said.
According to the Boston Athletic Association, qualifying for the Boston Marathon requires an age and gender-specific standard of time to be met, something which may cause Lampron to alter her training regimen. In the meantime though, Lampron has some solid advice for anyone looking to start running.
“Find someone to run with, someone who is experienced,” Lampron said. “I run with my best friend, who ran [the Baltimore marathon] last year. She has told me a lot of the ins and outs of running a marathon and what to expect.”
Sophomore Rachael Mady, Lampron’s friend and running partner, said she feels in order to run, it’s all about the devotion and self power.
“Its hard to describe but after a good run, it just feels amazing to know I [accomplished] this,” Mady said.
While giving advice to those who are thinking about running, Mady said just find a friend.
“Once I started running with my friends I was able to run three miles without any problem,” Mady said. “Once you get through three miles, you can run whenever you want, you just have to put your mind to it.”