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Making a Runner - Janis Feaster
by Janis Feaster on March 27th, 2016

​Hello, My name is Janis Feaster and I’m a runner!

I’ve been a ‘runner’ nearly all my life. I was a sprinter in high school track (yes, they had track back in those days:). I joined the Army (Military Police…..Huwah!) where my athletic ability helped me a great deal. I was selected to participate in two Military Stakes competitions while stationed in Europe. I actually received an award for the most sit-ups from the USAREUR General during a Military Stakes PT test (I wish I could do that now…it doesn’t hurt to dream). I got a perfect score (300) on nearly every PT test in those 7 years. I seriously loved running but, moreso, just being active was my goal.

After the service, while going to college, my time was spent more at hiking and less at running. I hiked the Grand Canyon. I hiked some beautiful areas & glaciers of Juneau, Alaska. As long as I was moving, I felt like I was doing something good for myself.

I took up running again after my kids were born but nothing too serious. I’d run a mile or two on the treadmill. I did a lot of walking to keep my weight under control and feel healthy. Nearly every day I would load my kids up in the double stroller and off on a 3.5 or 4 mile walk we’d go. I am never one to just sit around the house and do nothing (snore-fest).

As my 40’s quickly snuck up on me, I felt like I needed to set challenging goals for myself. I didn’t feel like a mile or two on the treadmill would keep me young (LOL). I also faced the fear of one day being diabetic. Sadly, it runs in my family. I get my A1C tested every year. I’m in the ‘pre-diabetic’ range and I hope my running holds off (evil) diabetes for as long as possible. So in 2012 (at the age of 24…I mean 42), I ran my first half marathon! I loved it! I was hooked on running! Not just running but, to me, crazy long distance running. That was challenging for me and I needed it.

I have ran 6 half marathons and 2-15K’s to include the One America miniMarathon in Indianapolis and the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon in Louisville. On average, I log 20-30 miles per week.

​I encourage everyone to set a goal and get up and MOVE until you reach it. Then set another goal. Just start moving! It will make the world of difference in your life. 😊


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