Paying it forward
July 14, 2011
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- Sabine Pullins quietly entered the marathon scene four years ago.
But it took just one race for the 38-year-old Army spouse to become an elite distance running competitor.
Since her first race in June 2007 in her native country of Germany, Pullins competed in 13 other marathons " qualifying for the Boston Marathon all 14 times.
Just this year Pullins ran a 10K race, a half-marathon in San Francisco and three marathons.
“May 1 was my first marathon this year in Eugene, Ore.,” Pullins said. “I ran my second-fastest time there but I didn’t feel like I was quite giving it my all. I wasn’t very depleted or exhausted afterward.”
Pullins turned around two weeks later and won the Capital City Marathon in Olympia.
But she didn’t give her full effort because she had the Rainier to Ruston Ultra Marathon three weeks later.
Three marathons in a span of five weeks had little effect on Pullins, as she was the first female finisher " second overall " in the Ultra Marathon.
Pullins’ accomplishments are known beyond the local running community, as she is sponsored by Quantum Scalar, a manufacturer of performance gear.
“Being sponsored means you’re on par with the pro level,” said Claire Heid, 66th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion. “In the running world, a good mark of a professional runner is when they start getting sponsorship.”
Heid met Pullins at the start line of the Capital City Marathon in May. Pullins quickly befriended the ultra marathon runner as she prepared for the Rainier to Ruston " Pullins’ first ultra marathon " in June.
It didn’t take long for Pullins’ running career to flourish. But the mother of two doesn’t accumulate her winnings to show them off. Rather, Pullins wants to use her success to help others. Even with a full racing schedule Pullins completed schooling at the National Federation of Professional Trainers to become a Certified Personal Trainer, specialized in endurance training.
“My next endeavor is to pay this forward to the community,” Pullins said. “I would really like to see if I can work through (Joint Base Lewis-McChord Directorate of) Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and let this bleed into helping the Soldiers perform at a better, higher level.”
Pullins hopes to work at a gym on post where she can share her expertise in training and nutrition with Soldiers and spouses.
Of the 14 marathons Pullins raced in, she made it to the award podium 12 times, with seven first-place finishes. She hopes her numbers will aid in building up clientele as a personal trainer.
“I look at (what I’ve done) as successes that I can get people interested in me,” Pullins said. “So people will think, ‘She really knows what she’s doing. She knows what this
is about.’ If you trust me I can definitely get you to where you would like to see yourself or very close to it.”
In the meantime Pullins is taking it easy. Of course she still logs 60 miles a week during her runs, but without the race mentality. She doesn’t know when her next marathon will be.
“It’s been busy and I want to refill my battery a little bit,” Pullins said.
And with her husband, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Scott W. Pullins, 1st Battalion, 303rd Armor Regiment, being deployed next year, Sabine Pullins’ competitive running will slow down to spend more time with her Family.
But she admits it would be nice to maybe some day run the Boston Marathon. Or better yet, just round up her 14 marathons.
“I know I would love to do 15.
I’m just letting things come toward me.”
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