Los Altos Native Runs Boston Marathon
Lisa Miller was the only member of her family to run in last month’s Boston Marathon, but she wouldn’t have been there without them.
“My family has been such a huge support of my running,” said Miller, who grew up in Los Altos and now lives just across the border in Sunnyvale. Miller has three children: two boys who attend Homestead High School and another at De Anza College.
This marked the first year she participated in the Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual run of its kind. Miller completed the race in 4 hours, 9 minutes and 6 seconds. To earn a spot in the famous foot race – which draws serious runners from around the world – Miller had to achieve a time of 3:55 or better in a qualifying event. She did so last August at Running with the Bears, an annual qualifying race held in the Plumas County town of Greenville. She trained with a friend who runs at a faster pace and has competed in the Boston Marathon four times. When Miller qualified with a time of 3:48.45, she said, “I was so happy, I cried.” Miller was just as elated to finish the Boston Marathon April 20.
“I never thought I could run Boston,” said Miller, who works at Better Life Chiropractic in Los Altos. She described the day of the race as rainy and cold, with temperatures in the 40s and headwinds. The inclement weather, she added, was the most challenging part of the day. “I do not like heavy rain,” she said, “but I really do not like to run in the wind.”
Miller noticed that security measures for the race have been tightened since the bombing two years ago. “The Boston Athletic Association did an amazing job with having all of us runners prepared,” she said. “Everything went very smoothly.” The number of spectators at the event surprised Miller. She noted that on “almost every inch of the race course, there were spectators. The cities from Hopkinton through Boston shut down for Patriots’ Day (a civic holiday in Massachusetts) and the marathon. Even in the pouring rain they were cheering us on.”
Miller trained 12 weeks in preparation for the marathon. Her training regimen included several routes in Los Altos. She finds the variety of terrain in the city appealing. “One of the reasons I love to run in Los Altos is because we have flat, rolling hills and hills to run,” she said. Miller continues to run in Los Altos. One of her favorite routes is from her house to the Los Altos Golf and Country Club and back – a 7-mile route. Miller added that she also runs from her house to Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.
Miller isn’t training for another Boston Marathon, however. She plans to compete in a 50-kilometer trail run next year.
For more information on the race, visit baa.org.