Tawni L., Kick Start Beginner and Motivator
"I'm a runner! Oh my gosh, I AM a runner! I never thought I would have said that a year and a half ago, until I met Nicole DeBoom. It's at this time I was accepted into the Skirt Sports Kick Start 5k Program as a beginner.
On my application, I said I was recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and severe athritis, and the doctors told me "whatever you do, do not run," so I was excited and terrified all at the same time when I got the email saying I was going to be a part of this amazing program. Walking into that first meeting I had no idea what to expect - we shared stories, smiles and tears and I have to say, it was my WOW moment. Here was a group of beautiful women of all ages, all of us sharing, all of us nervous, but somehow, for me, it felt like we had already known each other, it was comfortable!" Read more
Stephanie C., Beginner (at 58 years old!)
The benefits of the Kick Start program for me, have been, in one word, AMAZING! I was nearing my 58th birthday and spending another sleepless night due to stress from my job, when I made a decision that I REALLY wanted to learn to run properly. A quick search on the internet for "how to start running" connected me to the Skirt Sports Kick Start Program! I couldn't believe that they actually paired you up with a seasoned runner and I thought that this was just too good to be true. I was surprised to be accepted into the program and it's been a wonderful experience. The best part of Kick Start is meeting so many awesome women with similar goals who are serious about running but who aren't arrogant about it. It is a very supportive community with a "we're all in this together" attitude. My motivator's help has been priceless. She has taught me so many essential things about running from the most important; how to run properly to avoid injury (how to warm up and stretch), to introducing me to other runners who inspire me, finding beautiful places to run, what to expect when running a race and even pacing me and celebrating with me at my first race!
I probably don't have to tell you the health benefits of running, but for starters, I lost fifteen pounds in the first two months. Running has greatly reduced my stress level, increased my energy, helped me sleep better, improved muscle tone, and given me a confidence that has spilled over into other areas of my life. Running is just another great way to commune with nature and it's elements.
Kick Start has been one of those rare but positive life-changing events. I now know that I can accomplish anything if given the right tools and help to get to where I want to be. I will be forever grateful to all the wonderful ladies involved in this program. I hope that someday I can inspire and help at least one other person who thinks that they are too old, too out of shape, too unmotivated, or too intimidated to be a runner. We are all runners, we just need to run!
Deb M., Motivator (and Skirt Sports Ambassador)
When I was chosen to be a Kick Start Motivator I had no idea how rewarding it would be. I knew I wanted to share the joy that running can add to one's life and I wanted to pass that on to a woman who was over 50, like I was when I first started running. Coming into the sport of running later in life filled a void with an incredible sense of accomplishment and boost in confidence. Watching my beginner change and discover her hidden athlete over the course of 8 weeks was such a joy to see. She went from worrying she’d never be able to run 3 miles to finishing the Kick Start 5k in under 40 minutes. Since the race, we have been running together once or twice a week, have become good friends, and plan to continue running races together. I also feel it is important to keep ‘paying it forward’ so I hope to start running with a group who serves visually impaired runners and athletes with disabilities later this summer.
I credit the Kick Start program for kick starting something in me and am truly grateful for Skirt Sports’ dedication to women of all ages, sizes, and abilities. I am honored to be part of such a meaningful program!
Deb's beginner is Stephanie C.!
Tarissa A., Kick Start Beginner
I have lived for quite some time in a world governed by limitations. 5 years ago, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I have some long term issues that haven't quite resolved since my first "flare"-the most significant being issues with my balance, and the fact that when I walked for more than a few minutes, my body would often go tingly and numb from my chest down, causing me to easily trip over anything and everything. Because of this, I limited the kind of activity I did to that close to home and had resigned myself to never running, or hiking, or riding a bike again. I resigned myself to the fact that my future was limited, and lived with that knowledge on a daily basis.
When a friend shared the KickStart program on Facebook, I had never heard of Skirt Sport, even though I live pretty close to its headquarters! I read the page, then read it again the next day. I hemmed and hawed, and finally woke up one morning and just poured it all out there into my application. I was extremely excited, and very, very scared, when I got the email that I had been accepted as a Kick Starter.
Going through the Kick Start program has been, and continues to be, one of the most challenging and rewarding things I have done. Starting was hard, and scary--I was afraid I would fall down, afraid of pushing myself to the point of my body going numb (and staying that way), and I was afraid I would just stop because it was too hard. If it hadn't been for my amazing mentor, I very well might have quit. Amy was with me the first time I pushed myself well past my leg numbness. She reassured me, made me laugh, told me stories of when she fell and reassured me that all runners do at some point. And I did it. That gave me the courage to start pushing past my limits (both mental and physical) on my own. The support Amy gave through emails and weekly runs kept me motivated and focused. I loved the positive energy provided by other Kick Starters and Mentors on the Facebook Group Page.
Running the 5K in June was really the icing on the cake---but the best part of the experience was the journey. I'm excited to still be running. My numbness has really improved, my energy and outlook have improved. I've realized that I am capable of much, much more than I realized.
The knowledge of what I accomplished over those 8 weeks--pushing through the pain of that first month, getting up on those mornings to run when I really didn't want to---I've discovered my inner BadAss, and she runs in a skirt!
Claire B., Kick Start Beginner and Motivator
The Kick Start Program changed my life in so many ways it is hard to know where to begin! The opportunity to be welcomed into such a caring, kind and supportive community of women of all fitness levels and abilities was life changing. I was in a place where I needed just that, a community of like-minded and open-minded women who would support me every step of the way, literally! I needed a Kick Start and did I get one! The energy of all the women involved was so motivating that I kept on going. I haven't stopped running since and was so very excited to be able to give back this year and be a motivator for someone else beginning their running adventures. I have made best friends from the Kick Start program over the last year. Everyone allows you to be "where you are at" with your running abilities and will support that no matter what. Where else can you get that?? Plus, you get the most amazing clothes to run in that steps up the motivation and confidence factor to a whole new level!!!
So what does Kick Start mean to me? It means everything I have already said plus a big old pad on the back for showing up and doing my best, whatever that means for myself at that moment in time. Anyone and everyone can and could use a "Kick Start" and this program is where it is at!
Noelle W., Kick Start Program Mgr. and Community Outreach Mgr.
"When I take a project on I want to make every piece of it memorable. Something that kept ringing in my head was how special this program is and the huge effect it has on women’s lives, not just the beginners but also the motivators, their families and ME..." Read more