- To stay focused. I find that when focused on my training program I have to be more diligent and structured with every other aspect of my life including work, my workouts, nutrition, weekend activities, time with family, etc.
- To challenge myself physically and mentally. There is no greater feeling then when you cross that finish line. I well up with tears every time with the feeling of satisfaction, success, and joy. The half that I did three and a half months postpartum I used my son, Drake, as my motivation. I used the metaphor of labor to get me through. The race had a two-hour delay in the beginning due to rain and I was really thrown off mentally. I knew that he would be at the finish line when I got there and so just like labor I knew if I kept pushing towards the end my reward would be there to greet me. I love improving my times with each run and am excited to see and feel the differences in my running efficiency. I am looking forward to a new Personal Record. I am in comptetition with myself.
- To be able to relate. I train many clients who compete in events and having done them myself provides that first hand knowledge to better coach and train them.
- To stay in shape. Running is an activity that I can do with my dog, son, and husband. It is common to see me in the company of at least two if not all three on my runs. I have been running with my son since he was four weeks old and know that it is an activity (depending on the weather) that I have no excuses for. We enjoy our time out exploring. I get to spend time with the boys, see great sites, and get my workout in. I can always quick jump on the treadmill as another option if needed.
- Reduce Stress. Running is a time (except speed work and hills) that I can just be. I let go of all of my stressors and come back clear headed and refreshed.