Rodgers races to finish New Year’s goal

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Tammy Rodgers, right, runs with her sister, Nancy Riley, in a Columbus, Ind. race. (Submitted photo)

Tammy Rodgers, right, runs with her sister, Nancy Riley, in a Columbus, Ind. race. (Submitted photo)

By Mark Ambrogi

 

At the start of 2015, a group of seven friends set a goal of running at least one mile every day.

Only one remains as time runs out on 2015.

“The closest one to me dropped out six months ago,” Tammy Rodgers, of Noblesville, said. “Some only lasted a month, some three or four months.”

The group included Rodgers’ sister Nancy Riley. Rodgers, who has run a personal training business, Fitness on the Square, 173 N. Ninth St., Noblesville, for 12 years, has been a trainer for 28 years.

As she nears the end, the hardest part Rodgers said is remembering to run every day.

“So about a month ago, I woke up at 11:45 at night,” Rodgers said. “I got up, put my winter coat on and ran in my pajamas a mile.”

She typically takes nine to 10 minutes to run a mile so she made it with a few minutes to spare.

“Usually Monday through Fridays we run four to six miles,” she said. “Then Saturdays and Sundays I just run a mile.”

During trips with her family, she ran in Washington D.C., and Charleston, S.C.

Rodgers, who turns 50 Jan. 12, competed in the Noblesville Mini-Marathon in May.

She said she wouldn’t make this kind of goal again.

“The hardest thing was doing every day,” Rodgers said. “One day I had the flu, and I still ran.”

Her only reward is everyone else has to buy her dinner if she finishes these final days.

“We’re working on coming up with a goal for next year,” Rodgers said. “We always set it on the New Year’s Eve run.”


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