Monthly Archives: October 2016

Third Time’s the Charm

lcsu16pw05765While this is Krysten Hambrook’s first year participating in the Withum 300 running group, she’s well on her way at crushing 300 miles. As of the end of September, she’s already conquered more than 200 miles. Yet, like many of the people on our team, Krysten isn’t a life long runner. Nonetheless, after a simple challenge, she’s now completed her third half marathon. Krysten shares her story on how she went from non-runner to — in her words — half crazy:

This month I ran my third half marathon. Yes…13.1 miles…in one swoop…for the third time.

The experience this time around was completely different, but before I get into that, let me back up.

If you told me in high school that I would one day run one half marathon, let alone three, I would have laughed in your face. I went out of my way to avoid running. I was a swimmer, a skater and I played softball (and running the 60 feet to first base does NOT count as running).

I started trying to run a few years ago and was challenged by my cousin to run my first half marathon. Accepting the challenge, I Googled a few running plans and started training. Prior to that, I had never thought I could run more than three miles consecutively…ever. And this was my first road race.

Half marathon #1 goal: Run all 13.1 miles.
Thanks to my cousin keeping me moving, I ran the whole thing and couldn’t move for the next few days.

Half marathon #2 took place at Disney World. Who doesn’t have fun doing anything at the Happiest Place on Earth? Plus, I was running alongside a close friend and I was wearing a tutu.

This most recent race was a different beast. I was not running in a tutu prancing through Cinderella’s castle. Instead, I convinced six other people to join me in this feat. My goal this time was to maintain my pace and to beat my previous times. While I trained on my own, I was motivated by my brother and friends (including Simone, who posted a few months ago) who were also training. We shared the details of good runs, hard runs, and days that running just didn’t happen.

The morning of the race was cold and misty, not ideal for being outdoors, let alone for hours trying to run. At 8am, the race finally started and we were off. Our pack started together, but we separated into our own pace groups as the miles trudged on. My brother, who still probably thinks I’m crazy for convincing him to do this, and I ran together the whole time. His goal was to run the whole thing and finish together. We set the bar high by running the first seven miles at a great pace. We were both feeling good, maintaining conversation, looking at the cute dogs that we passed and were picking out our favorite houses in each neighborhood.

Then we got to mile 11 and all I wanted to do was walk. There were only 2.1 miles left and the pace we had been going at was finally taking a toll on me and this became a mental game. I couldn’t get out of my own head, thinking “I should walk. No, I want to get to the finish line faster and be done with this. Maybe I’ll just walk for a little bit. But no, I need to keep running and finish!”

The mind game took up those 2 miles, along with my brother’s sarcastic encouragement, until we crossed the finish line. We finished faster than I had expected thanks to my brother not letting me stop.

I signed up for this race so I would have an excuse to go running and it would push me to accumulate my #withum300 miles. While this race pushed me to train, it also left me knowing I could have finished those last 2 miles stronger. I guess I’ll have to sign up for another one and see!

September 2016 Progress Update

As a result of approaching deadlines and inconsistent weather, we saw a bit of a dip in our total miles in the month of September. However, the group still accumulated an impressive 4,400 plus miles this past month. For 2016 as a whole, the Withum 300 running team surpassed 40,000 miles, meaning that over $20,000 will be donated to the Staff Hardship Relief Fund.

We would like to congratulate the following people, who have reached or surpassed the following milestones as of the end of September:

10 Miles:
  • Danielle Atkinson
  • Isabelle Wissocki
  • Amanda Reed-Darby
  • Gabby Romagnuolo
  • Andrew Sariyan
25 Miles:
  • Jessica Cicero
  • Shannon Metz
  • Brian Mendes
  • Terry Mullen
  • Sara Crozier
  • Halston Fernandez
  • Jasmina Woodson
  • Peter Koar
  • Michael Jones
  • John Smith
  • Logan Seaman
  • Phil Craft
  • Matthias Burbaum
  • Sandi Altavilla
  • Rebekah Albert
  • Kayla Heaslip
  • Jamie Quinn
  • Bobby Mandetta
  • Taryn Bostjancic
  • Carly Luczak
  • Anastasia Noce
  • Peter Sullivan
  • Hal Terr
  • Solomon Feraidoon
75 Miles:
  • Kyle Grunstra
  • Steve Wilkin
  • Melissa Soranno
  • Jarrod Rhen
  • Darko Naumoski
  • Nicole Lorenc
  • Susan Murphy
  • Chris DeMayo
  • Gina McAllister
  • Alex Holderbaum
  • Stephanie Hill
  • Debbie Santangelo
  • Diana Cipriano
  • Gina McAllister
100 Miles:
  • Kathy Sikora
  • Amanda Simanton
  • Melody Peaten
  • Jennifer Safeer
  • Matt Basilo
  • Lauren Naples
  • Corie Long
  • Tom Farrell
  • Teresa Crabtree
  • Kevin Baumann
  • Fran Domitrowski
  • Erik Halluska
  • Kirk Holderbaum
  • Jeanette Emmons
  • Sean Linde
  • Tanina Khanuja
  • Liz Shullstrom
  • Robert Schachter
  • Caroline Neves
  • Russell Goldberg
  • Cathy Bendall
  • Dan Vitale
  • Steve Yardumian
  • Taka Tanahashi
  • Allesan Palumbo
  • Rob Belmonte
  • Laura Riso
  • Pat Schuman
  • Nina Chmura
  • Kristin Hayes
  • Maria Inciardi
  • Denise Inverso
  • Dominique Falcone
  • Lisa Frank
  • Helene Morizzo
  • Brian Wallace
  • Rob Lightman
200 Miles:
  • Vanessa Wyatt
  • Michael Yarrow
  • Lore Bilbao
  • Allison Gorga
  • Hillary Flook
  • Ryan Herring
  • Joe Fede
  • Steve Talkowsky
  • Lauren Taguer
  • Melissa Roth
  • Lisa Quinones
  • Krysten Hambrook
  • Aamir Ramjoo
  • Brian Lovett
  • Karen Koch
  • Amanda Ginder
  • Adrienne Anderson
  • Michelle Aurich
  • Tom Girone
  • Fatema Raza
  • Myroslava Hreb
  • Dan Richardson
  • Jim Mulroy
  • Brenna Agamaite
  • Tim Tyrrell
  • Susan Cohn
  • Steven Schoer
  • Jeff Shlefstein
  • Ray Owens
  • Zsia Rosmarin
  • Emily Furey
  • Jessica Leuthold
  • Amanda Wilkie
  • Nicole DeRosa
  • Jordan Ghaffari
  • Jim Rickard
300 Miles:
  • Paul Gergel
  • Bill Sansone
  • Kathy Huff
  • Joseph Ruppe
  • Stephen Antenucci
  • Jessica Offer
  • Karen Henderson
  • Christopher Smith
  • William McClusky
  • Rick Coyne
  • Paul Kuhl
  • Ken DeGraw
Mile A Day Club:
  • Brian Dethlefsen
  • Sima Maslow
  • Karen Williams
Withum 300 Silver:
  • Keirstin Kain
  • Kelsi Morrison
  • Kimberlee Phelan
  • Kevin Margiatto
  • John Schrumpf
  • Donna Palsa
  • Ottaviana De Ruvo
  • Edward Hofma
  • Christina Lazaro
  • Megan Boullianne
  • Dolly Ayala
  • Ruth Seip
  • Amy Lafontaine
Withum 300 Gold:
  • Rob Reynolds
  • Adam Daniel
  • Carol McCarty
  • Rhonda Maraziti
  • Joshua Davis
  • Jose Antunes
  • Scott Mariani
  • Tom Angell
  • Shawn Henderson
  • Lisa Cappiello
  • Jim Bourke
  • Doris Martinez
  • Matthew Walsh
  • Bill Hagaman
  • Charlie Bramley
  • Ivan Brown
  • Emmy Zhu