I run to be a better version of myself. I run to show my kids that their mom is a strong woman. And I run for the friendships...I have met a lot of great people along the way.
It makes me feel empowered. It lets me push myself to my own limits and a little bit out of my comfort zone.
My favorite place to run is anywhere in the city that allows me to cross its bridges. There is nothing better than starting off your morning with a "Good Morning Pittsburgh!" as you look into parts of the city from its bridges.
I like hiking, although I should not be the girl with the trail map! I love the +Addaday roller to work out the kinks and tightness before and after a workout. It feels great to know that I have earned the soreness in my legs!
My "why" is the people who come in the door looking to take part of their life back by getting into running. I remember how hard it felt in the beginning, but how I felt when it became something that I looked forward to doing. And I had to share that feeling with others!
I relate to the people out there who struggle when they get started in our programs. The ones who need the extra encouragement and then all of a sudden, one minute of running has turned into five, and so on. Running is rarely "easy" for me, but I am a firm believer that when you put the work in and believe in yourself, you can be successful. It's just a matter of understanding what your goal is, not everyone else's.