After 2016's Boston and New York Marathons (for Challenged Athletes Foundaton), I vowed to hang up my marathon shoes for a long while. I was so touched by the support of those who donated or wished me well at the New York Marathon - and it made running for something bigger than myself - to help others, really gratifying. Well, that lasted about a year, until now, when there was an opportunity to support Girls On The Run. I didn't personally run as a young girl, only as an adult. The life lessons it has taught me and friends it has introduced me to beyond physical training and goal setting are infinite. It's been my pleasure to visit Girls On The Groups After school around San Diego, to see coaches dedicating time to groups of girls learning to run, make it fun, and learning valuable life lessons and skills while they train for a 5K. Imagine bossting confidence, postive body image, and helping others - all at your run practice. I have never run the Chicago Marathon and if I've learned anything from the miles in running shoes it's that being a "Yes" to new experiences, good causes, and helping others, never ceases to inspire myself, hopefully others, and always opens more doors than I anticipated. That is more rewarding that a finish time or medal. I'm excited and honored to raise awareness and funds during my training to ensure that more young girls receive the opportunity to participate in Girls On The Run in their neighborhood too.
I also plan to train for this one. So that means stamping a ticket to the Boston Marathon too. Because if I want to set an example to young girls myself, it's that you can achieve what you set your mind to.
Thank you friends,