Theresa Hastings, 2017 Marine Corps Marathon Runner – Is a U.S. Army Veteran and Pennsylvania Army National Guard Veteran. Currently serving as the Military Enrollment Counselor at Drexel University Online and a Volunteer at – PECO Energy Veteran’s Internship Program at Project H.O.M.E.. “I celebrated a new mission of perseverance in ‘The Winners Circle” at the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon.” – Theresa Hastings
On March 31, 2016 I was excited to received an email notifying me I had made it into the 41st Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC.
I started to think about and developing my personal training plan. In April of that year, I had a job change and had also been going through some really stressful work and personal issues. I had hoped that training would take my mind off of things and ease my stress. BUT, that was not the case.
In the beginning of July my life began to unravel a bit more. I started to over react to stressful situations. I was sleeping more than normal. These sudden changes in my life came all-at-once and activated a glitch that seemed to derailed everything. It took nearly the whole summer to get a hold of myself. Needless to say, this destroyed my enthusiasm for the race – to say the least.
In the midst of so many challenges in my life, I did stay connected to my network of military women. This network also became my network of support. Somewhere in the midst turmoil and uncertainty, I had an angel whispered in my ear – “Theresa, making it to the starting line makes you a winner.” At that point I decided to embrace and celebrate this goal. I knew finishing the race was a real long shot but, I was going to try anyway.
On October 30, 2016 I attempted my first marathon. I did finish more than half of it. I was at the 16 mile mark before the “pace car” picked me for falling below the 14 min per mile speed requirement. But I was okay with this since I really didn’t train as much as I should have – BUT – I knew then that I was going back again next year. And, God willing, I was going to complete the whole 26.2 miles of the marathon.
My goal was to complete the Marine Corps Marathon before I turned another year older and on October 22, 2017 I got a second chance at accomplishing this goal. Overall it was an amazing experience. And this time … I finished the race.
I leveraged my new mission of perseverance and ran it straight into the Winners’ Circle . . . Victory is Mine!