What moves you? Joy, positivity, and gratitude. For me, running is a time to connect with the purest part of myself. When I am in that state, I am filled with immense joy and gratitude. Not everyone is able to run depending on health reasons or circumstances, so I do not take any of this for granted. My own running journey has been a wild one, starting at age 13, paused at 18, then resumed just three years ago at the age of 34. I have had physical, mental, and spiritual hurdles that I’ve created and that I had to overcome. I am incredibly grateful for my body and mind, and that they allow me to train, compete, and recover efficiently so long as I continue to treat them with the utmost care and respect.
How does running inspire you to give back? Sure, it is fun to hit mileage goals, PRs, and compete for the win.... but the “Why” (I run), knowing the greater purpose for my running is how I refill the purity that I tap into every time I lace my shoes. It’s like the saying goes in sobriety/recovery circles: “you can’t keep it if you aren’t willing to give it away.” Since I do not take my health (and running) for granted, I always try to honor my good fortunes by using my running to build a super-positive platform to inspire and motivate others to pursue their dreams and goals via a more active lifestyle, regardless of where they are in the journey.