Why Forty by Forty?

It’s a question I hear all the time. How on earth did you come up with the name Forty by Forty Fitness? The idea originally came to me as most of my terrible brilliant ideas do…on a run. It was January 2014, and I was brainstorming about what goals I wanted to accomplish next in my running. I had just qualified for the Marathon Maniacs in October 2013, and run my first 50k ultramarathon in December of 2013, so I had already accomplished two of my really big running goals. I love a good challenge, so I knew whatever goal I came up with, would have to be big!

Marathon Maniacs Square version of logo


I decided that I loved running longer distances, so the goal should include running more marathons and ultras. I realized that it had taken me from September 2008 to December of 2013 to run my first seven marathons due to the fact that I had several pregnancies in that time span. My 34th birthday was a few months away, so it seemed like a good time to brainstorm what all I wanted to accomplish in my 30’s. That’s when it hit me. I wanted to run 40 marathons or ultras before my 40th birthday. The idea was slightly insane considering how long it took me to run the first seven marathons, but I figured that since my kids were getting a little older and more independent I would have more time to train, so I decided to go for it!

The year 2014 was all about testing my limits and seeing how my body would handle running races so close together. In total, I ran 8 marathons and 50ks over the course of the year, surpassing the number I had run in the previous six years combined. In November 2014 I ran my first ever double marathon weekend by completing Marathon on the Mountain on Saturday, and Inland Trail Marathon on Sunday. I was officially hooked!

While I love running, I’m also a big believer in cross training. I love strength training, HIIT intervals, and Pilates, and am convinced that incorporating those elements into my training has helped me to avoid many of the common injuries that often accompany high mileage training. That’s how the word Fitness came to be part of the name. While my goal for running is Forty by Forty, my ultimate goal is to remain fit and healthy for life! I take a very holistic view of the human body, so I consider emotional and spiritual health as a big part of the equation as well.

My hope for this site is to encourage others to have the courage to set big goals and then ACHIEVE them! I’ll provide training and nutrition tips, insight into what inspires me, and answer questions along the way to help you along in your journey; whatever that may be.  We’re in this together.

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1b