Local runner training for thrill in ‘Big Apple’

Joey Payeur

If she can make it there, she’s gonna make it anywhere.
Jane Wyder is in the midst of rigorous training as she gets ready for Nov. 1 and the prestigious TCS New York City Marathon—one of the most famous competitive races in the world.
“My first choice for a marathon to run was New York City,” said the 59-year-old Fort Frances resident, who will among an estimated 50,000 people at the starting line.
“But my hubby [Butch Wyder] told me to pick somewhere warmer so I went to Miami instead,” she chuckled.
“Then any other time I was planning to go to New York to run it with friends, they wanted to go to another venue instead,” she added.
Wyder figured she had waited long enough and in 2012 put her name for the first time into the lottery of those selected to enter the race each year.
Those wanting to run the marathon either get selected through the lottery or can buy their way into the field for the sum of $5,000 (U.S.)
“My hubby asked me if I really wanted to spend $5,000 to run around the city,” laughed Wyder.
“I’ve been wanting to do this the last three years but I’ve been recovering from knee surgery,” she noted.
“My hubby, he did tell me I’m not getting any younger, so I was definitely debating spending the money to get in.”
More than 140,000 applicants try their luck at getting in the race each year and there aren’t many spots allotted for candidates outside the U.S.
But back in March, Wyder received the e-mail from marathon organizers that she’s been hoping for so badly.
“I checked my computer screen when I opened the e-mail and scrolled down the message,” she recalled.
When she saw a congratulations note from the organizers signalling her acceptance into the race, the emotions circulating through her were both powerful and various.
“I just started screaming and Butch came in and asked what was the matter,” Wyder grinned.
“I told him, ‘I’m in!’
“Then my next thought was, ‘Oh my God, now I have train 18-20 miles every weekend!” she exclaimed.
“Then I went out and bought a lottery ticket.”
Wyder is in the early stages of an 18-week training schedule that focuses on long runs, speed intensity, and tempo training.
For her, the attraction of running lies in the ability to be alone with her thoughts while making her sojourns of solitude.
“You lose yourself and it’s a super-good stress release,” Wyder remarked.
“I think I’ve solved more of my problems running around Fort Frances than at any other time.”
Just making the field is all Wyder could have hoped for, so she isn’t about to ruin the experience by saddling herself with specific performance expectations.
“I don’t have a time in mind,” she admitted.
“I’m just trying to get back to feeling good with running and working out the kinks as it’s been almost three years since I ran regularly,” Wyder noted.
“I’m just going to enjoy the city,” she added. “I’m not breaking any records.
“I want to be sensational at 60.”