Wolfe balances roles of mother and marathoner

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer

For one Portales woman, Sunday is run day.

Sheila Wolfe, 40, will be taking part in her first marathon Sunday in the Oklahoma City Marathon.

“I’m ready for it to be here because I’ve worked my butt off for four months,” Wolfe said. “I’m just anxious, and I’m ready for it to be here,” Wolfe said. “I know physically I’m ready and mentally I’m ready.”

Wolfe has always stayed in shape, but at 35 she started to run and considered taking part in marathons.

Wolfe said she hasn’t been able to compete in many events because she views her role as wife and mother as her top priority.
“Every time there’s a 5K or a 10K, it always happens to fall when there are soccer games for my kids,” Wolfe said.

Wolfe, who has run several half-marathons (13.1 miles), prefers to train during the winter because her children show animals at the fair during the summer. She also likes running in cold weather.

“The colder it is, the better I run,” Wolfe said. “If it’s 70 or 80 degrees, my body overheats and I just can’t run as fast”
She said she picked Oklahoma because of her training schedule and proximity. She wants to keep her time under a 10 minute per mile average.

“I want to run it and never have to stop and walk. I want to be able to run the whole thing,” Wolfe said.

She said the marathon website describes the run as “gentle rolling hills the whole way through the course.”

But even the gentlest of rolling hills may be challenging for a gal from southeastern New Mexico.

“The highest it will go up … is 149 feet,” Wolfe said. “But the training program that I’ve been following has a hill program for five miles, but I have to do it simulated on a treadmill because we don’t have any hills around here.”

Wolfe said her family not only supports her running, but they also participate in it.

“They run, too,” Wolfe said. “They don’t do no marathons or half-marathons but my husband probably runs 15-20 miles a week and my kids — if I don’t run more than five miles at a time my son (Will, 14) can keep up with me and then if I have like a three-mile run, my daughter (Emily, 9) runs with me.”

“I just have fun getting to run with her,” Will said.