dailymiler of the week: Maddy H

Maddy H., our dailymiler of the week, started running when she was little. When she was in elementary school, her dad, a 2:40 marathoner at the time, a man who trained by the book – eating right, hydrating right – would finish his regimented workout and invite his young daughter to run with him as he cooled down. That together time set Maddy on the path that led to a lifetime love of running.

During her final two years of high school, Maddy ran cross country and track. “I wanted to run hurdles in track,” she said, “but somehow got roped into the mile, two mile and 800 relay.” In her senior year, try as she might, Maddy couldn’t convince any other girls to run cross country with her, so she trained and practiced with the boys. Even though she didn’t win any meets running solo, she did collect points for districts. She did well, but wasn’t as competitive then as she is now. “I think if I had to run those same courses now, I would do better,” she reported. “I’ve learned a lot about myself and my training since then.”

In 2009, Maddy discovered dailymile while training for the 2010 Pittsburgh Marathon, her first. She fell in love with the site and the people. “I think it’s so cool that there are people who have never met me, but support me on a day to day basis,” she said. “I also love that there are so many levels of athletes on the site. There are people that continually just shock and amaze me with their abilities.”

Amazingly, Maddy qualified for Boston, finishing the 26.2-mile course in Pittsburgh in 3:33. Since that first one, this young woman has finished five more marathons. Her PR for the marathon came in 2011 at the New York City Marathon where she finished in 3:12. She’s still gunning for a sub-3 finish.

Maddy’s toughest marathon moments usually hit around mile 23. Her mom and sister are huge supporters. “My sister is always at mile 23 to run the last 3 miles in with me. I just keep telling myself I just have to get to her.” During those last miles, Maddy’s sister tells her stories and keeps her mind off how bad her legs feel.
This past fall, it was Maddy’s turn to be the encourager. She and her sister ran the Marine Corps Marathon together. It was her sister’s first. “I was the one in charge of keeping her going at mile 23, which was super cool.” Her sister ended up following in Maddy’s footsteps by qualifying for Boston.

Ms. Hribar has also competed in four ultras. She’s run the Rhode Island 6-Hour race twice. She covered 38 miles the first time out and 43 the second time. She ran the Pinelands 50-Miler in 10:45 and completed the Weston 50K. She’s signed up for her first 100-miler, the PineCreek Challenge, which she’ll take on this fall. “I’m excited about it,” she said. A couple of the guys from her high school cross country days texted her when they saw she had signed up for my first hundred. “They think I’m nuts,” she reported. She’ll be returning to the Pinelands event and taking on the 12 Hours Around the Lake in Wakefield, Massachusetts, in preparation for this endurance event.

Maddy loves the feeling she gets after she’s finished a long run or a tough workout. She’s completely exhausted, but feels so good about herself. “Even when it’s a not so great run, it’s always better than not running at all,” she said. “Running keeps me sane.”

About Mike N

Mike Neifert is an avid runner and cyclist who lives on the plains of Kansas. He works out mostly in the early morning hours before the sun comes up. He drags his wife and kids along on runs and rides whenever he can. He's run a 50K, but not a marathon. He wants to ride 200 miles in a day sometime soon and plans to run 100 miles in less than 24 hours in November 2012.
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