Meet Audrey – a speedy mom to four, yes four kids! When I first met her [at the pool] I couldn’t believe she even had one baby let alone four. On top of being a mom to 4 kids she still MAKES the time to run, often pushing two kids while the other two ride their bikes along side. I call that dedication!
Name: Audrey Peters
Location: South Riding, VA
How long have you been running: 12 years altogether, but racing more frequently for the last 2 years.
How do you make time to run with 4 kids: I am fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom with a husband who has a flexible work schedule. This really helps because my runs can vary depending on the day. During the school year I like to wake up early so I can run before my kids get up. In the Summer, I often run later in the morning and take all four kids with me. It may sound crazy, but it actually works pretty well for us. I push my 2 and 4 year olds in the double jogging stroller while my 6 and 7 year olds ride their bikes. We’ve been able to run up to 10 miles this way. Fortunately, I have kids who LOVE being outdoors, so they actually look forward to our runs. As a last resort, I can always just jump on my treadmill. I feel very fortunate that I have several options when it comes to running, so I really don’t have an excuse NOT to run.
Favorite Race Distance and why: I love the half marathon. I really enjoy the training process, and find that the recovery period is very manageable for my body.
How many marathons have you run: 1
5k: 32:57 in 2001 – Current PR 21:40
10k: 1:01:47 in 2010 – Current PR 47:33
½ Marathon: 2:15:49 in 2010 – Current PR 1:50:47
20 Mile: 2:54:19
What is your favorite running shoe: Definitely the Saucony ProGrid Ride 3. I love them!
How did you get into running? I played soccer in college and always had an interest in staying healthy and active. I dreaded our long team runs, but then grew to really appreciate the workouts. I took time off from running during each of my pregnancies, but ran in between pregnancies as a way to get back into shape. After my third pregnancy, I signed up for my first triathlon so I could train with my husband who also runs and does triathlons. After my fourth pregnancy, I really fell back in love with running and how it made me feel. I then decided to join my local running club, which gave me the motivation to start racing again. Being able to run with such a supportive group of people has definitely strengthened my passion for the sport.
What accomplishment are you most proud of: So far, definitely running the Marine Corps Marathon 2011. This was my first marathon and I worked very hard to prepare for that day. The feeling I had as I crossed that finish line in under 4 hours was amazing.
Favorite Quote: “Pain is temporary, pride is forever”. I saw this written on a sign during my first half marathon in Virginia Beach, and for some reason it always stayed in my mind. I often think about it while racing.