By Sgt. Connie JonesMay 14, 2019
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - One does not simply run 100 miles, it takes discipline and patience. Headquarters Company, 184th Sustainment Command began a 100 mile challenge where Soldiers could participate in various events to rack up on miles until they reach the coveted 100 mark. Capt. Toloria Carroll was the first in the unit.
Carroll has always been a runner and her parents helped inspire her, she said.
"I began officially running in middle school. I did the 400, 800, and 1600 relay," she said. "We used to go as a family to the track."
Her initial motivator for completing the 100-mile mark was to beat the Headquarters Company commander. But she also had a more meaningful purpose.
"Honestly, I just wanted to beat Maj. Leiva," Carroll said. "My other goal was to prove a point as a woman running 100 miles. Finding out I did it was exciting."
How did she get so many miles? Plenty of 5Ks but participating in the two 26.2 mile events gave her the majority of her miles, said Carroll.
"The two big events were the two 26 mile events, the Bataan (Memorial) Death March and the Arifjan Marathon," she said. "I got most of my miles from those events."
The most challenging event for Carroll was one of the 26 mile events.
"The Bataan was the most challenging for me because rucking isn't something I normally do. I can easily get out there and run. But when you have that 39 pounds on your back, it gets real hot, real quick. And the uneven terrain ... I think it's something that would be difficult to prepare for," she said.
Working out is her alone time but these events wouldn't be the same without having a partner.
"When I work out I'm alone because I like to have my music and be in the zone, but when we do events, 1st Lt. (Anthony) Hamilton is usually who I'm with," Carroll said.
As a whole, she's enjoyed the process because they draw people together.
"It brings together people who normally would have no interactions," Carroll said. "And you know, people like T-shirts."
If someone is looking to get into running events, they have to learn to love running.
"You have to learn to want to do it. It's hard to stay with it if you're forcing yourself to do it or you're doing it for somebody else," she said. "People get out here and worry about their time or not being able to run the whole time. More people should use these runs as an opportunity to better themselves. You can't worry about what others think."