Why We Run Wednesday: Lyell

For many, the thought of simply completing a marathon is daunting. However, for our club's own Wonder Woman, Lyell, one marathon wasn't enough. In fact, 99 marathons weren't enough, so last month she traveled to San Francisco to complete her 100th marathon. So far she has raced in 13 different countries and 14 states. And let me tell you - this awesome lady is far from finished with her running adventure.

When Lyell ran her 100th marathon in San Francisco, she had a group of family and friends supporting her and helping to make it a special weekend. Her daughters were in San Francisco with her, just as they were at her first marathon in 1994, at the ages of one and two. When she first started running marathons, it was mostly about completing the goal of finishing the event. She did a lot of marathons in the first few years in the Pacific Northwest and met some like-minded people who she trained and went to races with. She got fitter and faster as she trained with buddies who could help push her and celebrate successes with.

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Lyell and Jack in London this year

Eventually she started traveling to different cities, states and even counties to experience the culture while finishing events in many different places. There were some aches and pains along the way, the most serious was the meniscus surgery in 2003, but everything could be recovered from. In 2007 she got involved with Team and Training which was her first experience of running with an organized group. Team in Training brought a couple of additional side benefits  - it helped create a sense of community with runners while helping to raise money for blood cancer research.

After  several seasons with Team in Training, she joined of Cascade Run Club in its inaugural season and has been involved ever since. She loves getting out with the group every week, not just for fitness, but also the friendship, support and commitment that everyone has to a healthy way of life.

Since joining Cascade Run Club she has been able to stay involved with group runs year round and she attributes much of her running consistency to training with others, thinking she would not have stayed motivated if trying to do it all solo.

Lyell at the Marine Corps Marathon

Lyell at the Marine Corps Marathon

Lyell in VIenna

Lyell in Berlin


Here is a Complete List of Lyell's Marathons:

 

1994

     1. Skagit Flats – WA

1995

     2. San Francisco - CA
     3. Skagit Flats - WA
     4. Seattle – WA

1996

     5. San Francisco - CA
     6. Skagit Flats - WA
     7. Portland - OR
     8. Seattle – WA

1997

     9. Los Angeles - CA
     10. Coeur d'lene - ID
     11. Skagit Flats - WA
     12. Fort Sam Houston-San Antonio - TX
     13. Portland - OR
     14. New York City - NY
     15. Seattle - WA
     16. Christmas – WA

1998

     17. Boston - MA
     18. Coeur d'lene - ID
     19. San Diego Rock and Roll - CA
     20. Skagit Flats - WA
     21. Portland - OR
     22. Seattle - WA
     23. Christmas – WA

1999

     24. Disney World - FL
     25. Big Sur - CA
     26. Skagit Flats - WA
     27. New York City - NY
     28. Christmas – WA

2000

     29. Carlsbad - CA
     30. Boston - MA
     31. Marine Corps - DC
     32. Seattle – WA

2001

     33. Desert Classic - AZ
     34. London - England
     35. Portland - OR
     36. Seattle – WA

2002

     37. Disney World - FL
     38. Capital City - WA
     39. Portland - OR
     40. Athens - Greece
     41. Seattle – WA

2003

     42. Nappa Valley – CA

2004

     43. Boston – MA

2005

     44. New York City – NY

2006

     45. Paris - France
     46. Seattle WA

2007

     47. Paris - France
     48. Chicago - IL
     49. Honolulu – HI

2008

     50. Prague - Austria
     51. Honolulu – HI

2009

     52. Vienna - Czechoslovakia
     53. Vancouver - Canada
     54. New York City - NY
     55. Honolulu – HI

2010

     56. Los Angeles - CA
     57. Eugene - OR
     58. Kauai - HI
     59. Marine Corps - DC
     60. Las Vegas Rock and Roll - NV
     61. New York City – NY

2011

     62. Rome - Italy
     63. Berlin – Germany

2012

     64. Disney World - FL
     65. Yakima River Canyon - WA
     66. Paris - France
     67. Madrid Rock and Roll - Spain
     68. Vancouver - Canada
     69. Chicago - IL
     70. Honolulu – HI

2013

     71. New Orleans Rock and Roll - LA
     72. London - England
     73. Light at the End of the Tunnel - WA
     74. Lake Chelan Shore to Shore - WA
     75. Portland - OR
     76. New York City – NY

2014

     77. Banff - Canada
     78. Tokyo - Japan
     79. Marathon du Medoc - France
     80. Leavenworth Octoberfest - WA
     81. New York City - NY
     82. Honolulu – HI

2015

     83. New Orleans - LA
     84. Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
     85. Tunnel Light - WA
     86. Chicago - IL
     87. Dublin - Ireland
     88. New York City – NY

2016

     89. Big Sur - CA
     90. Big Five - South Africa
     91. San Francisco - CA
     92. Super Tunnel - WA
     93. Marathon du Medoc - France
     94. New York City - NY
     95. California International - CA
     96. Honolulu – HI

2017

     97. Boston - MA
     98. London - England
     99. Tunnel Light - WA
     100. San Francisco - CA