This Mother Runner Won’t Let Her Ulcerative Colitis Keep Her From Going After Her Goals
Interview with 2020 Boston Marathon Qualifier Janine Grinage
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Janine Grinage is a runner, wife, and mother. She’s been running for 40 years, she and her husband Brian just celebrated 25 years of marriage and her son, Mark, is 20 years old with Olivia not far behind at 17. Janine’s love for running began in middle school. She was on the track team throughout high school and then ran for pleasure during college.
After running several 10k and 5k races, she expanded her racing to include the marathon distance. In her first marathon, The Cowtown Marathon in February of 1998, Janine finished in 9th place for the females and in 3rd place for her age group.
Three days after running Cowtown she found out that her finishing time qualified her to run in the race she has dreamed of running since she was 16 – The Boston Marathon. Seven weeks after running Cowtown she found herself laced up in Hopkinton for the 12 Noon start.
Janine has thoroughly enjoyed the gift of marriage and motherhood. A comment that someone shared with her when she was single has stuck with her through 25 years of being wife to Brian – Marriage is 50% take and 100% give. Raising a child with high- functioning autism has been an exciting and exhausting learning journey for Janine and Brian. Running was one of her outlets early on after Mark was diagnosed at the age of four. Her daughter, Olivia, keeps her on her toes with cheer and academic activities.
Janine’s latest endeavors include training for the Boston virtual marathon and, hopefully, the 2021 Boston Marathon. She’s writing a book about living and running with ulcerative colitis, including her life-threatening flare-up last year that landed her in the hospital for eight days. She’s also creating a guide for individuals who have been newly diagnosed with UC.
Listen to the full episode to hear:
- How she let go of what others said and trained for her first marathon in only 6 weeks!
- Why she will not use her medical condition as an excuse to keep her from pursuing her passions and pushing herself to the next level.
- What she did with her son’s Autism diagnosis and how they worked it into their life.
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