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Jessi A. – Friendship

Perseverance, Stubborn, Crazy…all words I contemplated when trying to figure out what my word was. They were good, but not quite right. Then it hit me. It was around 2 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning when my word finally came to me. I was pacing a fellow Ambassador during her 100 mile ultra; it […]

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Erika H. – Confident

“I run so I don’t run away.” That’s always been my explanation for why I run. After all, I started running to help combat postpartum depression. It all started with one mile on a crazy old manual NordicTrack® treadmill. I’m not even sure you could call what I did that first day running. But it […]

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Muna R – Empowerment

At a very young age I became what I thought was overweight.  I was a little active, playing softball, basketball, and doing tumbling. Nothing to give me very much motivation to think about physical fitness.  As a navy brat with a lot of siblings and little money, our nutrition was never a focus and both […]

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I Run For Food. Sanity. Body Love.

I don’t remember my very first running race. I have a photo of myself as a little girl, maybe 7, wearing homemade terrycloth running shorts, a tucked-in tee shirt and knee high socks. I was holding a medal around my neck for placing in the 440 yard run in the junior jaycees track meet. I […]

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Breathe

It’s something so simple, yet something I never take for granted. Something I am more conscious of. My breath. I began running at age 13. My breath would in-out-in-out rapid fire, heat spreading across my chest. As I’d sprint around the sharp curves of the track, I’d say to myself, “Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.” In college, […]

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Sandra L.–Focused

It felt hotter than the sun as I ran through the streets of Boston. My legs felt leaden and my breathing was labored. Salt from sweat stained my sports bra and I could wring the water out of my running skirt from each pass through the open fire hydrants on the Boston Marathon course. It […]

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Samalee A. – MOVE

She was doing life from a position of complacency. Routines with little to no impact. Flipping the calendar month after month and year after year. Nothing to challenge her. Ugly, restless comfort. Then, life happened. Change was imminent. Change was necessary. Change was uncomfortable. Change required movement. Movement required a discomfort. Moving her mouth beyond her […]

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Gwendolyn J – SuperMom

Movement, Motherhood, and Choosing the Best  My life has changed immensely since I began running over 28 years ago, but one thing has remained the same—the importance of movement in my life. Movement and family have been linked together for me since I was little. Some of my happiest memories are of the family hikes […]

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Joy G.- RESILIENT

I have been trying to come up with my word, and that’s not an easy task. Today, riding home from our first 25k of the year, my “mainbitchesforlife” helped me. My word is RESILIENT! I’m resilient as hell!!! The reason why I am is definitely because of running. I began to love running at 30. […]

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Emily H. – Humor

Growing up as a kid who wore a prosthetic leg, humor played a huge role very early on in my life.  Rather than being embarrassed or ashamed of my prosthetic leg, I used it as a prop to entertain myself and my friends, and doing this seemed to make others see my leg as something […]