I'm very excited to say "yes" I'm running my first marathon ever! As a mother of two kids I've always
put my family first and made them my main focus. Many mothers may agree that while having a family
you tend to put all your time and energy into making sure that everyone is taken care of and lose time for
your own self-care. As life went on, just like many others I began to feel some of the stress that life brings and
needed an outlet and a way to bring back the self-care in my life that I was missing. This is when working out
become a major part of my life. I started my workout journey around 4 years ago and have never felt better.
I've reached workout goals in my life that I've never imagined at the age of 50+ which include cycle classes, cross-
fit training, kickboxing and soon to be next goal of finishing the Chicago Marathon. While running this marathon
I would like to empower anyone that feels they are not young enough, out of shape, or have fallen from the
challenges life brings and remind them to never give up and keep pushing on.
The cause I will be running for is "Girls on the Run". Girls on the Run inspire girls to stay healthy and confident using
fun experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Your generous support will make it possible
for Girls on the Run to achieve their limitless potential.
I appreciate your support and prayers reaching my ultimate goal.
Hope to see you at the Chicago Marathon!
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