The Montgomery Half will be long-time runner Pat Morrow’s first and only half marathon.

Pat has enjoyed running for much of her life, but running hasn’t always been easy for her.

In 2004, Pat not only had back surgery but also fought a battle against breast cancer. After her surgery and once she was cancer-free, the doctors told Pat not to run more than three miles, if she ran at all.

Instead of giving up on running, Pat decided to begin rebuilding her strength and stamina.

Pat and her husband are members of River Region Running, and that is where she was introduced to interval training by two fellow members, Genie and Patti.

Interval training involves a runner alternating between a faster pace and a slower pace. For Pat, she alternates between intervals of walking and running.

Pat has made great strides since she first started running again. “I have been following guidelines for beginners by Jeff Galloway and practicing with River Region Runner members,” says Pat.

Friends, Genie and Patti are also the ones who encouraged Pat to run the Montgomery Half and she’s ready to prove that she can do it!

Pat is now back running, full speed ahead, and is excited for the Montgomery Half.

“I am so thankful for the friends who introduced me to the run/walk intervals. I now feel I have no need to limit my runs to 5k distances”

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