Why did you sign up to do this marathon?
Each year that I have ran I slowly made things a bit harder for myself. Last year when I finished the Pittsburgh challenge (5k on Saturday and half on Sunday), I decided that I wanted to aim for a full. I knew it was far-fetched but it was a goal I had.
How did you feel once you crossed the finish line?
I felt completely overjoyed and overwhelmed. Crossing the finish line was something I had dreamed of for a year but at points during the race I wasn’t so sure I was going to make it. I am just proud to say I didn’t quit.
What would you say was the hardest challenge in this race?
The hardest part was remembering that this race was all about mind over matter. I knew going in that it wasn’t going to be easy but I also knew I had done everything I needed to do to be ready. When the split between half and full happened, I mentally struggled with not seeing anyone else around me.
PC: Daniel Heckert
What was the most rewarding thing about completing this run?
The most rewarding thing about this race was the privilege to see my little girl at the finish line. The privilege to look into the eyes of my 6 year old and know I showed her through my actions that girls are brave, and strong, and we never quit. The privilege to show her that no matter how hard things get, no matter how many times life knocks you down, never ever stop moving forward. Never stop fighting for the things you want.
Was there anything or anyone in particular that helped you throughout your training?
My mother was the world’s biggest supporter. She was my strength whenever I was weak. She babysat so that I could train at odd hours of the morning and night. She FaceTimed me every few miles of the marathon to encourage me and remind me that I was strong enough.
Any final words of encouragement and thoughts you’d like to share?
No matter the fight, no matter the journey, no matter how hard life is, we are never alone. Never stop pushing forward. No matter how slow you go, you are moving forward and that is all that matters. One of my favorite quotes is “She believed that she could, and so she did”.
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