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Mar 06

One City Marathon - Runner Profile – Roslyn Gervin

Posted on March 6, 2017 at 8:13 AM by Communications Department

Marathons across the world bring together people of all ages and nationalities to experience the thrill and exhilaration of competition. For the next few weeks leading to the 2017 One City Marathon, we will be bringing you insights and personal perspectives about why individuals compete in the Marathon and what it means to them. 

 Roslyn Gervin

1) When and why did you start running?
While I have always been active, running was never roslyngervin_SCmy sport of choice. It wasn’t until I had my son that I needed to find more creative ways to workout and get back in shape. My husband had an unpredictable work schedule, and with two small children finding time to get to the gym just wasn’t always feasible. I wanted to find a way to workout with my children and running seemed like the most reasonable option. I went on Craigslist and found a double jogging stroller and off we went! I was fortunate to live very close to trails that were stroller friendly, and with enough snacks they enjoyed the fresh air and the ride. After a while they also became my coaches, whenever I would walk or slow down they would remind me to go faster! I became the runner known for the stroller! I developed a love for running and the ability it provided me to clear my mind when days were stressful. I joined a wonderful running organization, Black Girls Run, and found support and fellowship that was really helpful on my journey. It also provided me an opportunity to inspire other young mothers to get out and be active, and involve your children.

2) What advice do you have for a beginner runner?
Make sure you go to a reputable running store, (Point 2 is great) and have a running analysis done. They are able to give you really good insight into how you run, and what type of shoe you should be running in. I did not do that when I started running. I would get really bad hip pain after running and thought maybe this is not the sport for me, only to find out I was running in the wrong shoe. Also remember “Your race, your pace” there are others who will be faster than you and those who will be slower, everyone is on their own journey.
3) What is one thing that running has taught you?
The biggest thing that running has taught me is how powerful the mind is. The only difference between a great run and a bad run is your mind set. While it may sound very cliché, it’s very true. If the mind believes it, the body can achieve it.

4) What is your favorite part of the One City Marathon?

I love the positive energy it creates. I also love that it’s something the whole City is impacted by, it truly is an event that brings us all together.

5) What race will you be running at the 2017 One City Marathon?

As a family we did the inaugural Nautical Mile, last year I did the 8k and this year I will be running my first full marathon!!!! When I first started running I thought the farthest I would ever run would be a 5k, the more I ran, the more I was encouraged and I started participating in longer distance races, to include a sprint triathlon. However I never, NEVER, thought a marathon was on my list. With the power of mindset and encouragement from my racing friends I am no longer afraid of the 26.2 miles and look forward to finishing!