Mum Karina’s in for the long haul

Karina McDermot has always wanted to run a marathon but as a mother of three and full time real estate agent, she definitely had very valid excuses for not being able to put in the training needed to run 26.2 miles.

However, come Sunday, 7 December she will leave all excuses in the dust to run in her first 26.2 mile race, the Cayman Islands Marathon.

McDermot, 37, says she has been looking for a way to challenge herself athletically, and the Cayman Marathon was always on her radar but she always came up with excuses why she could not do it.

When a friend sent her the registration information around six weeks ago, she registered right away and started training immediately.

‘I’m not a regular runner, and I’m not even sure I’m doing it right but I’m doing it!’ she says.

‘I’m definitely excited and motivated. I haven’t had a chance to read anything about how to train. I’ve just been running every day.’

McDermot ran and walked almost six miles on the road every day during the first week, and also trained on the treadmill at the gym every day for 90 minutes.

Now she is running nine miles on the road three times a week at 5am and is looking forward to reaching 10 miles next week.

‘My only goal is to finish the marathon in a good time but to be honest, I’m not sure what a good time is as this is all so new to me,’ she muses.

‘I guess as I continue training I will set a reasonable time in which to finish the race.’

She claims to absolutely loves the training. It has shown her that she can do anything she sets her mind to do and running the Cayman Islands Marathon will prove that.

She also gives credit to her family who have supported her decision 100 per cent and even some naysayers who have tried to discourage her from her mission.

‘I have a friend who is very concerned about my running the marathon because she says it will damage my joints, and that it will be too much for me to handle but comments like that only serve to motivate me more!’

The mother of Andres nine, Estefania, eight, and Gabriel, six, has this advice for any person who is thinking of running a marathon or any race for the first time.

‘Don’t be afraid. Register and go for it. It’s a great feeling both mentally and physically.’

The Cayman Islands Marathon is sponsored by Digicel, Department of Tourism, Ministry of Education, Gatorade, Flowers Bottled Water, Corona Light, Cayman National, Atlantic Star Limited, Sagicor, Breezes By the Bay Restaurant, Cayman Free Press, Kirk Freeport, 106.1 KISS FM, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, Island Companies, ESSO, BioFreeze/RVC Rehab Services, Quaker, Red Sail Sports, CUC, Royal Bank of Canada, Audi, Tropicana, RE/MAX Cayman Islands, Million Dollar Run, Inc. and The Final Touch.

Online registration for the Cayman Islands Marathon, half-marathon and four-person relay is available at Participants can also do walk-in registration at the Kelly Holding office. For more information log on to, email [email protected] or call Sue Greene on 946.8822.

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