CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – Jenn Polkovitch started running after her youngest son was born. Now, the Canfield mother of two is traveling to Massachusetts to complete in the Boston Marathon on Monday.
To train, Polkovitch jogs 45-to-50 miles a week at 4:30 a.m. while her children are sleeping. She said her children have been a big inspiration to her; she wants to show them that they can do anything they put their minds to.
“The first thing they asked me when I cross the finish line was, ‘Did you do it?” and I said, ‘Yes.’ And ever since then, it’s always in the back of their mind, if you try and you put your mind to something, you will do it,” she said.
Polkovitch’s running career began with the 2011 Gobble Wobble in Hermitage — a 5K. Now, she is ready to complete on a larger level.
“Thirty-thousand people in line to start a race, over a million spectators on the course, I’m just so excited, I can’t wait to get there,” she said.
In 2013, Polkovitch received a medal for a marathon in Columbus. She qualified for Boston in just her third 26-mile race, averaging eight minutes per mile.
Her goal is to beat last year’s Cleveland Marathon time — 3 hours and 34 minutes — and then re-qualify for the Boston Marathon.
It has been three years since the terrorism attack which killed three people at the finish line, but Polkovitch said she is not worried. She will be showing American pride by wearing red, white and blue during the race.