Distance doesn’t deter sisters
Hauers prepared for marathon together via FaceTime, texts
Kristen Hauer and her sisters weren’t able to train side by side for the Anthem Richmond Marathon because they live in different cities.
So sometimes they took a long-distance route: chatting via FaceTime or texting while they ran.
“It’s not pretty, but it works,” Hauer said.
The #solesisters, as they dubbed themselves, will be able to carry on those conversations face to face Saturday. Hauer and her sisters, Bethany and LeeAnna, are getting together in Richmond to run their first marathons.
Hauer, the oldest at 37, is driving from Columbus, Ohio, with her two children. Bethany, the middle sister at 33, is coming from Washington. LeeAnna, the youngest at 26, will
arrive from Lynchburg.
Some bonuses come with the reunion, too: Their parents are coming from Charlotte, N.C., to babysit, and Hauer is hoping to get to see her husband, a member of the National Guard who’s been deployed to Washington since early September.
Hauer said none of the sisters came up as a competitive runner, but they have been consistent runners, usually at shorter distances. Hauer remembers running a half marathon in 2009 and saying she’d never run another.
When LeeAnna said in June she was going to run the marathon in Richmond, “It was kind of a motivator,” Hauer said.
“We couldn’t let her do her first one alone, so we said we’ll go ahead and train for it too,” she said. “None of us has ever done one, and it’s all been crazy training for it separately.”
Hauer said their FaceTime or text conversations were about “how we’re feeling, what mile we’re at, what our goals are for the run” and motivating each other to finish.
“During the very hot summer runs we got each other through the heat and humidity because we didn’t feel like we were alone in the runs,” she said. “We were each other’s cheerleaders.”
Hauer, a manager for an outlet mall, said she went on one long run each week and tried to get in other runs on the treadmill.
“I know LeeAnna runs a lot more frequently, and Bethany does, too,” she said. “We’ve all had our share of injuries.”
Hauer’s family hails from New Castle, Pa. While everybody now is in different locations, she does get to see her sisters a few times a year.
“I’m excited I get to share [running a marathon for the first time] with them,” she said. “Each of us has been apprehensive and excited all at once.”
Sisters LeeAnna Early (from left), Bethany Chieffallo and Kristen Hauer will run their first marathons in Richmond.