Profile: Asst Coach Fay

Having trouble doing your full weekday workout? Purple AC Fay used to take public transit out the full distance and then walk home. Problem solved. 🙂 AC Fay Westenhofer has been a member of Portland Fit since 2007 and is a second year AC in the Purple Group. She has completed 15 marathons and 21 half marathons since 2006.

Favorite Marathon:
This is difficult to answer. The Portland Marathon in 2006 stands out since it was my first Marathon. The North Olympic Discovery Marathon in 2008 stands out because thats when I qualified for Marathon Maniacs (#991). The Yakima River Canyon Marathon stands out because it’s so scenic. Usually, it’s the last one I did or the next one I will do.

Biggest Obstacle in training:
As a beginner, it was to keep going when it would have been easier to turn around and go home. I solved that by riding public transit about as far as I wanted to go that day and walking home. I also had some issues with blisters on my toes early on.

Marathon PR is 6:35:05 at the Marathon in Portland, Maine on 10/3/2010. Other PRs include two marathons in a week and three half marathons in three days.

What keeps you motivated when the going gets tough?
Sign up for another race as soon as possible. It’s the carrot that keeps me training year round.

Best Advice:
Have fun!

Strangest sight while out on a run:
I’m not sure it’s really strange, but 9 out of 10 times I’m out on a run/walk I see a plastic dental flosser on the ground. Never in the same place and never the same one. I’ve seen them on the side walk and on trails. I’ve never seen anyone using one.

Favorite running gear:
Marathon Maniac and Half Fanatic singlets.

Words of wisdom:
You are never too old to do this. I was 64 when I did my first race of any distance. I’ve been among the top three in my age group in more than half the races I’ve done, largely because I’ve been the only one in my age group!

This is the age I am and this is the way I’m acting, so I am acting my age.

Photo attached is at the 21 mile mark in the Portland Marathon on 10/10/10 – a week after the Maine Marathon in Portland, Maine on 10/3/10.