Right when she learned to walk, Debbie Biddle said she learned to run.
“Don’t we all run before we walk?” she said.
A computer teacher at Harrison County High School, Biddle runs twice a day... running at least 50 miles each week.
“I started running like I run now because I was no longer playing team sports, and still wanted to exercise,” she said.
At college, Biddle began long-distance running, and she hasn’t stopped since.
Biddle said running has created a healthy body and immune system.
“I weigh less than I did when I was in high school...” she said. “I get a cold about once a year. I’ve been teaching nearly 28 years and I’ve never missed a sick day.”
The only time Biddle misses school is when she runs in the Boston Marathon.
Biddle has ran in many marathons east of the Mississippi River. Each marathon is 26.2 miles.
“I’ve been running for nearly 25 years and I run at least 50 races a year. I probably ran 65 races last year.”
Even for a seasoned runner, Biddle said she occasionally has to push herself to strap on her running shoes.
“Sometimes I really don’t want to run, but I make myself go out the door and I usually run farther than planned and I’m always glad I did it,” Biddle said.
Running, she said, was always good for relieving stress.
Since turning 40, Biddle said she has struggled with constant injuries.
“My worst injury was a stress fracture in my fourth metatarsal (foot), and it kept me from running for seven weeks,” she said. “I had to pool jog and use an e-machine. I hated it.”
Biddle advised that the only necessities for running were good running shoes, comfortable clothing and willpower.
“It’s not easy to continue running,” Biddle said. “It’s not all that exciting for the most part at first. If you don’t stay at it long enough to see results, you might not stay with it. It takes willpower. I can’t give anyone willpower.”
As for Biddle’s willpower, there seems to be no scarcity, even in bad weather.
“I’m like the postman. I run in it all. Ice is the worst.”