TYLER (KYTX) - The Tyler Rose Marathon is just days away, but for two Tyler friends it's the culmination of months of training together. In this week's It's Time Texas report, what it takes to train for 26.2 miles of running.
Like any good friends, Ashley Feldman and Melissa Peveto depend on each other. Now, they're taking their friendship about 55-thousand steps further for a marathon.
"We started about 18 weeks ago. We just thought it would be a fun thing to do. Each of us have young kids and give a little break as well," says Ashley Feldman.
Ashley Feldman and Melissa Peveto keep each other accountable for morning runs at 5:30. "Without her, I couldn't go run 3 hours by myself. It's just such a long run. You need someone there to talk to and give you motivation," says Melissa Peveto.
A typical week of marathon training includes short and long runs in Tyler's Azalea District, at the peak they're running 40 miles a week. "Monday is a 5 mile run. Tuesday and Wednesday are 8 mile runs, another 5 mile run on Friday and Saturday or Sunday would be a long run, usually 16, 18 or 20 miles," says Melissa.
This will be Melissa's first marathon, with a half already under her belt. "My youngest was 6 months old when I started running," says Melissa. "I started running to try and take off the weight, but I am probably in better shape than in college and maybe high school."
This is the second time Ashley's taking on the Tyler Rose Marathon. The mom of 3 says running makes a huge difference in her life. "The days that I don't run I can definitely tell a difference. I don't have quite as much energy, but whenever we get up at 5:30 in the morning, we are good to go for the rest of the day," says Ashley.
Now, they're ready for the 26.2 mile challenge ahead of them on Sunday. "Crossing that finish line will be awesome. I tend to be emotional and I'll probably cry," says Ashley
An accomplishment they look forward to celebrating together.
If you'd like to support the runners.. the Tyler Rose Marathon begins at 7:30 Sunday morning from the Rose Garden.