Returning for a Reason

There are always layers to our Why Are You Running answer. Tina’s Why has a history and a purpose. Enjoy.

“I was a distance runner in high school. At 4’10” I wasn’t what one would consider to be a promising candidate for success. Within 1 year, I made my way to the top 7 spot in the state of Virginia (1990) in the women’s 3200 meter. I loved being the under dog, the pleasant surprise, the one that people initially overlooked because I am very small, and that was just (or is) how it is. I worked hard and exceled, and was a lettered athlete and coach’s award recipient.

Because my bones and muscles were growing at different rates, I took a break from running…well…about a 25 year break…lol

I just started running again. Now I am a mother of 2, ages 6 and 4. I want to be that role model to them to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. I like for them to see me run, exercise, and work out. I want to pass these values on to them
I have even got my son involved in some youth running events here in Vermont.

Incidentally, my daughter is affected by food related allergies. As part of my profession, I often travel to nationwide medical conferences. This past weekend, was the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology conference in Houston. Every year, for the last 3 years, they host a 5K fun run.

This is my chance to run for a cause, so to speak, to raise awareness around the need to keep our kids safe, to promote the need to further medical and clinical research, and also to personally connect with my self as a mom, and all of the challenges associated with navigating a child with potentially life threatening allergies.

It is a moment of thought to reflect, be grateful, and celebrate health and wellness. I dedicated my run to her, but I honor everyone.

I like to challenge myself, and I get joy from the act of a run itself, and the pride of the finish. I often just think of putting one foot in front of the other, and regulating each breath, and eat of my heart, regardless of running conditions. I have been on very challenging trail runs, and have even run in the harshest and most severe weather conditions. I enjoy the sense of accomplishment, and pursuing my goals.

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Anyway, I am a realistic runner. Not trying to beat my times as a teenager. I’m 42 years old, and when I do time myself, I rank among the top 25% of women in my age category. Though I’m proud of my performance, I am more proud that I can be a good role model and inspiration to those around me.”

You are definitely that role model Tina. Thanks for the contribution.

Published by Brian Fretwell

Author, TEDx Speaker, Consultant Trying not to be a horrible human

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