Running has led me to change not only my outward appearance but also my attitude of life. I have never enjoyed looking at the world and exploring new places until I discovered running. It has been a magical adventure to say the least!
In 2015, I set out to do one race every month. I started with 5Ks, then I really pushed myself and worked my way up quickly to half marathons! I even ran a marathon– whoop whoop!! But I distinctly remember my June race, Her Madison Half Marathon. I was nervous! I had run at least 2 half marathons before this, but my body just felt tired. I kept telling myself that I couldn’t do it…I wasn’t strong enough…I wasn’t good enough.
All those fears changed from the moment I started the race. From start to finish, someone was cheering me on, runners and spectators alike! It was like we were a team, and we were all going to make it together! I remember strangers cheering me on, chatting with other runners telling each other “don’t give up”. I pushed on because I wasn’t going to let myself give up.
The Her Madison Half Marathon and 5K gives that feeling to every single woman who participates. When I couldn’t run in 2016, I volunteered at the finish line. I could see the feeling of accomplishment in each ladies’ face, and they deserved it! I cannot wait to run the Her Half Marathon again this year, and I hope to see you there too!!