The Power of WE
As I lay here cuddled up in my bed resting from this morning’s Gazelle Girl Half Marathon, I am feeling overwhelmed with emotions. This was my second half marathon and considering I ran my first one while really sick, I figured this one would be a piece of cake! Well, I wasn’t blessed with an easy run today but I was blessed. This morning’s race proved how amazing the bond is between female runners. It is almost like we are connected in a collective conscience of sorts. We really know the power of WE!
I have been very fortunate to run and train with some truly inspiring women. My first female inspiration was my sister, Cara. The day she finished her first marathon was the day I told myself that I would start running. She is the reason I started down this path and for that I owe her my life. She is there at most of the finish lines cheering me in and sometimes actually running in to the finish with me. She was the only reason I was able to finish my first half marathon. Thank you sister for giving me strength when I didn’t think I had any left!
I then had the pleasure to run with a dear old friend from college. Nicole helped me get across a few finish lines too. Most importantly she gave me the motivation to push myself harder, run faster and be stronger. She was there when I was trying to figure out how to keep hydrated and fueled without getting sick! Those were not the most enjoyable runs but they were very important to my growth as a runner. Thank you dear friend for your wisdom, encouragement and laughs!
The next inspirational ladies in my running journey are two that I have had the pleasure to get to know through our volunteer work with NO Surrender Running Club. Pam and Karen have helped to create an amazing organization where we are able to mentor at risk urban youth through running! They have facilitated an environment where running literally changes lives. They have changed mine in the process too. There is nothing better than running mile loops around Garfield Park with these two ladies and a handful of kids while we all tell each other about our lives. I am so proud to be running for NO Surrender on May 10th! Thank you Pam and Karen for being the change in this world, you have inspired me in the process!
As a Fifth Third River Bank Run Road Warrior I have been constantly amazed with the incredible women I have been training with, my fellow lady Road Warriors. You each come with your own stories, struggles and strengths. I have never met a group of women as dedicated to the sport and to each other as this group of ladies. You have taught me how to run faster than I thought was possible and harder than I thought my body could handle. You have supported me more than I ever would have expected from a group of women that until a few months ago, were strangers! Today you ladies helped me get to the finish line. You each embodied what it meant to be a Gazelle Girl, a Road Warrior and a friend. Thank you for helping break through my mental and physical blocks today. Thank you lady Road Warriors for touching my life in many different ways and helping me become a better runner, a better me.
If any of you find yourselves in a time of need I will be there by your side, because that’s what women runners do. We know and live the power of WE!!! <3