July 12, 2017
My Running Story
For those of you that know me, you know that running has played a big role in my life in the last 5 years. Running is how I was able to lose 40lbs. Running is how I spend time with my family. We love running local weekend races together in Houston followed by a good family breakfast! We also love our “running vacations” where we travel to another city and run together or support the others in our family who are racing. Our running vacations have taken us to Disneyworld, London, Boston, Nashville, Disneyland, Australia, Chicago, New York, New Orleans, Savannah and many other places!
Each year I set new running goals for myself. In 2016 my running goals were to set a PR (personal record) in the marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K distances. The stretch goal was to run a sub-2 half marathon which is a marathon under 2 hours. I was on a roll and by March 2016 I had achieved every goal I set for myself. The best moment of that year was when I achieved a marathon PR from the previous year by a full 20 minutes in the Chevron Houston Marathon. I really coasted off of my personal success and since then, the motivation to continue to train the way I used to has not come so easy. I knew it was time to set a new running goal.
In April 2017, we traveled to Boston to watch my Dad run the ultimate race- the Boston marathon. My Dad is my running inspiration and watching him run towards the finish line on Boylston Street is something I will never forget- definitely a proud daughter moment. I knew I wanted to run a big race like that so I turned my attention towards NYC. I applied for the lottery but unfortunately was not selected for the 3rd year in a row. I started thinking this may be for a reason.
I am involved with my community here in Houston. I love to volunteer but tend to shy away from fundraising as the thought of asking people for money tends to make me uncomfortable. However, as I started to research all of the amazing organizations that are presenting runners with the opportunity to fundraise for their organizations in exchange for a spot in the NYC Marathon, it became clear what the 2017 running goal needed to be: I would step WAY out of my comfort zone and fundraise for a charity while training to run my 3rd marathon!
But which charity would I select? There were hundreds to choose from and I spent a lot of time researching them all. As I started narrowing down my options I knew I wanted to select an organization focused on empowering women. That’s when I saw Dress for Success. The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
As a young, professional woman the mission of this organization is close to my heart. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the tools to thrive in work and in life and it would be an honor to help other women do the same. That is why I have officially joined Team DFS for the 2017 NYC Marathon! Please help me to reach my fundraising goal of $3,500 and support me as I run my 3rd marathon this November! A donation of any size is greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for your support! GO TEAM DFS!
Here's how your donation helps!
$50 Provides a woman with her very first mock interview
$100 Provides a woman with her first Suiting
$250 Provides a woman with Suiting and Career Center services
$500 Provides a woman with Suiting, the Career Center, & Workforce Development programs like the Going Places Network by Walmart
$750 Provides Suiting, Career Center, Workforce Development & Employment Retention in programs like our Professional Women’s Group
$1,000 Provides Suiting, Career Center, Workforce Development, Employment Retention & Lifelong Learning programs like Financial Literacy & MY Financial Success
$1,500 Provides Suiting, Career Center, Workforce Development, Employment Retention & Lifelong Learning programs & our Associate Professional Women’s Group
$2,000 Participation in the Success Summit, a transformative 3-day women’s leadership conference, where she will return home to lead a Community Action Project