the road to boston: theresa ridgway



Theresa and friends

Theresa (second from the right) and her colourful group of friends.

Theresa Ridgway lives life in the fast lane. She's the ambassador at our Newburyport, MA showroom who has run 3:04 not once, but twice. (She also was the first person to answer all our interview questions.) Theresa doesn't do yoga for a couple of reasons - one is that it means she has to put on the brakes. Luckily for us, she slowed down enough to share a bit of her story.  

the road to boston with theresa ridgway

Who inspired you to start running?I was the combination of my father, who was generally athletic and loved the outdoors, and my mother, a very quiet but strong woman. The gifts they gave me combined into a love of endurance running. I would say my twin brother Tom, but no matter what he says, I started running first.  

Theresa and Amy

Friends make the miles go by quickly (Theresa, left, with friend Amy)

Why Boston?

The first time I ran it, I did it mostly because I qualified. It was just something everyone I knew did: if you qualify for Boston, you go run it. I kept saying I wasn't going to run it again but I quickly realized that it is such a huge part of the running culture that I wanted to be a part of it. Boston is special that way.

What’s your goal for the race?I want to feel as good at the end of the marathon as I did last year. As far as time, my PR for Boston is 3:15 so I would like to beat that time.  I have run 3:04 twice.  I would love  to beat that - maybe go under 3 hours - but Boston can be a tough course. With that said, I'm coming off seventeen weeks of speed work and intense hill training so, you never know.

What has yoga done for your running regime?

I don't do yoga, actually.

Seriously? Why not?Well, lots of reasons. I haven't found any instructors I really like since I did it in the late 90's.  I like to be active and I find that yoga is usually too slow for me. I do TRX and spin (if I can) and I am busy with a full-time job. As a single mother I don't have a lot of spare time.  I do what I love with the time I have - I run.

When you’re not training you’re…

Spending time with my beautiful 6 year-old daughter, Maria, reading, writing and working.  I also have a great network of friends. We're lucky enough to enjoy each other even when we are not running.

Theresa and her little lady

Theresa & Maria

What’s next for you after Boston?I am registered for my first 100k, Where's Waldo, in Oregon in August.  I also registered for my first triathlon, Title 9, in Hopkinton, MA, of all places. I want to do the Transrockies Challenge but I need the right partner for it. You simply can't do it with just anyone...

visit us in boston

There's no shortage of fun to be had in Boston. Get all the details on the Prudential store’s Facebook page.

want more?

  • Apply to be an ambassador. Stop by your local store or apply online.
  • Take your training up a notch. Gina did it with yoga.  
  • Run longer. Get tips on building your endurance.
  • Be at the race next year. Here are some tips to get you started

Do you find yoga balances your running? Theresa's probably not alone out there. We crave it after a few days of training but it's not for everyone...yet. 

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2 Comments »


Great post. I can relate to the whole Boston experience. As a runner, if you qualify, you HAVE to go, because you never know when you’ll have another chance. I ran Boston in 2008 and was not only fortunate to have good running conditions but to run along side Lance Armstrong during the race. That’s the awesome thing about marathons. You are not just out with a bunch of other recreational runners, but you are out there competing in the same pool as world class superstars. What other sport can regular people do that?
I am also an ambassador and I find that yoga is what balances me out in my training. I have met other runners like Theresa that prefer to not do yoga and do other sorts of cross training. Some people find it works best for them to do nothing but running. I think the ultimate conclusion is that everyone works best with a different combination.
I have run dozens of marathons and ultras and for anyone to say that running for several hours in one shot doesn’t count as some sort of yoga on its own, is forgetting what yoga is. Some of my best yoga moments, or “ah ha” moments have taken place while running. That is REAL yoga. The postures and the classes is something that has been created in only the last short bit of yoga’s history.
Best advice for Theresa and anyone else running Boston:
Know your goal pace and stick to it, especially at the beginning. You’ll feel good and want to go faster, but those rolling hills will catch up with you later on. If you’re feeling great at the bottom of Heartbreak hill, then you can crank it up a bit, but be sure not to get caught in the speed too much for the first half. It’s far to easy to do. And have fun!!!! That’s what it’s all about anyway!
Good luck in Boston!!!!!!!

Comment by Brian — April 16, 2011 @ 8:33 am


Good luck at Waldo! Very exciting. Love that course, tough and some of the best single track around. I have run it a few times. Have a ball.

Comment by Ronda Sundermeier — April 16, 2011 @ 1:17 pm


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