Growing up in Colorado I'm pretty sure I was the only person living in this state that didn't participate in some sort of sport or physical activity. I don't think I even owned a real pair of tennis shoes until I entered nursing school when I was 23. I was (and still am) a very girly girl. I was into the arts and music and I was afraid that if I played a sport I would lose my girlyness and start to look like a boy. I used to say the only way I would run is if someone were chasing me, in my mind running was never going to be something I was going to be able to do.
Fast forward to 2010, I was a 30 year old full time cosmetologist, full time student and most importantly a full time mother to three wonderful boys. I was also fresh out of a mentally, physically, and emotionally abusive relationship, so I had a want to make up for lost time, lost opportunities in life, and not to mention I wanted to lose about 10lbs of depression weight. I disliked the person I saw in the mirror every morning and more than anything I wanted to make a change both physically and mentally.
I can remember having a conversation with my sister one day about how it seemed like the happiest people in life had their "thing", whether that be biking, knitting, skiing, or something else. This "thing" seemed to be a special kind of key to a complete life that I was missing; so I set out to find my "thing". I was walking through the aisles of Barnes and Noble one day when I walked past a copy of Trail Runner Magazine with an image of a runner on a beautiful mountain trail. I remember that image almost calling to me, and at that moment I decided running was going to be my "thing".
I went home that night and starting frantically searching the internet for the best way to become a runner. Somewhere in my search I realized I needed running clothes, being kind of an indoor girl I was seriously lacking in the athletic clothing department, that’s when I came across something that was magic to my eyes… a running SKIRT! It was everything my girly heart could ask for! I found a link for Skirt Sports and proceeded to the page. It must have been fate that was guiding me because as soon as I got on the page I saw the link for the Kick Start application. I read over the program and it sounded like everything I wanted and desperately needed to help me achieve my goal of becoming a runner.
I filled out the application, hit send, and to tell the truth didn't think I actually had a prayer of being selected for the program. To my surprise about two weeks later I received an email welcoming me to the program; I can remember being so happy that I literally jumped up and down with excitement.
The weeks that followed the first Kick Start meet up were full feelings of determination, frustration, promise and self-doubt, there were even a few tears and swear words every now and then, but in the end I crossed the finish line of my very first 5k.
From that day forward my entire life changed. I felt as if anything I put my mind to was possible. I felt confident and that I finally had the strength, perspective, and energy to be the best mom that I could be.
On top of the many other benefits to the Kick Start program I have made friends with some of the most amazing women on the planet and I finally understand why people who have a "thing" are so happy. I have continued to find happiness through the Kick Start program as a motivator to other women who are looking to better their life and find their "thing".