PLAINVILLE — From each street sprouting off East Street towards the railroad to the long hill of Camp Street, a local woman has run each and every road in town.
“It was really fun to see so many parts of Plainville I haven’t seen before,” said Sharon Spinelli, who finished her marathon June 27. “I probably don’t need my GPS anymore.”
Split into 33 sessions, she ran just over 107 miles, including every cul-de-sac and dead end. “I was not going to cheat, so if it meant going back to do 0.1 miles, that’s what I did,” she said.
The challenge was especially difficult for Spinelli, as she has to carry of bag with insulin and a pump for her diabetes and had to occasionally stop to check her glucose levels.
The support of her family pulled her through, as they drove her to the corners of the town to pick up where she left off and would text her “go mom go!”
She found her favorite spots were the often overlooked roads tucked away between autobody shops and stores, where she unexpectedly found beautiful houses hidden from view moments before.
“I never considered myself a runner,” she said, but she became inspired to take to the roads after a coworker decided to run 100 miles. So she set her own modest goal of running 30 miles throughout the month of January, which she beat by 10 miles. When she heard of a couple who were setting out to walk every road in town, she decided she wanted to combine the two.
She started out slow in February, her first month, doing 5.1 miles in two runs, but worked up to 17.4 miles in March. As she pushed to finish in June, she ran nearly 58 miles in 17 sessions before finishing at Norton Park on June 27.
“I cried my head off, I really did,” she said of completing the last stretch of road. “My entire month of June has really been living for this moment.”
Later in the day, she said she’d be celebrating with a massage, lobster and by getting to run more casually. That’s not to say she’s going to wind down her running, though, as she begins training to compete in 10k races.
“What’s the point of doing a 5k?” she said. “I do a 5k every day.”