Beatie Deutsch, and she's only 27 years old.
When we asked her what got her started this is what she said:
Chana Rachel: What inspired you to start running?
Beatie Deutsch: I had 4 kids in 6 years and just couldn't manage to get a consistent exercise routine in my busy schedule (working full time and taking care of the kiddos). When my husband did a charity bike ride for Chai Lifeloke and race 180 miles, I said that's it, I need to do something also. I set the ambitious goal of running a marathon, which forced me to commit to a regular training schedule. It was amazing and one of the best decisions I've made.
CR: how do you see the connection between running and Judiasm?
BD: "ונשמרתם מאד לנפשותיכם" (Venishmartem Lenafshotechem) – we have an obligation to take care of our body and soul, our body is the case for our soul. Of course our body is not the main focus, but we can't forget about it or neglect it, because without our body we cannot use our Neshama to serve Hashem and create a relationship with Him. Our body is the horse, our soul the rider, but both are important in order to get to our destination. Running is a way to keep our body healthy and in shape, and it can also help us mentally.
CR: What is your go-to running running piece?
BD: Good sneakers – it's really important to get properly fitted and find a pair of sneakers that is comfortable and supportive. It will make a huge difference in the way you run.
CR: What is the sentence in your mind that keeps you going when you feel like giving up?
BD: I always remind myself that pain can be a good thing – just like childbirth, at the end of the most excruciating pain we are rewarded with the greatest gift. The pain we experience when exercising, helps us become stronger, it means we are developing our muscles and stretching ourselves. I also use visualization techniques to get myself up a big hill. When I'm running I'll picture myself holding onto a rope and being pulled up effortlessly. This allows me to distract myself from the discomfort.
CR: What would you say to other pregnant women who don't run?
BD: It's worth putting in the effort to exercise when you're pregnant. It's not always easy, but you'll feel better, you will be healthier and your labor and recovery will be easier!.
Follow Beatie on Instagram at @marathonmother for a daily dose of inspiration.
Beatie is wearing our Chanabana Sigal skirt available in our online store.