In starting this business my main objective was to offer women running shorts and skirts that were longer, had big pockets and to take the intimidation factor out of buying running clothes. What it has become is so much more than that. Meeting my customers and specifically hearing your stories drives me forward. Sharing, connecting and supporting women through running. This is what inspires me. This is what I’m passionate about. My hope for this monthly 'Blyss Champion' feature is that it offers you some inspiration or feeling of connection to others in our running community.
This month we celebrate Blyss Champion, Marsha. I met Marsha in Lexington, KY at Run the Bluegrass. She was actually our last customer at the expo. I remember her so well because she was beaming when she tried on the Blyss Skirt. She also had the most patient and sweetest little boy with her. She visited us again at The Flying Pig in Cincinnati and purchased another skirt. Marsha is truly an inspiration and proof that running heals. People come to running for many different reasons, but what running gives each of us is a gift. Meet Marsha......
I'm Marsha, and I live in Northern Kentucky. I'm in LOVE with the Blyss Skirt, especially the Night Sky print (I love all things galaxy though). In my free time I run (of course), crochet, draw/paint, and I'm also in welding school.
When and why did you start running? What’s your story?
My running story has a sad beginning. I started running when my youngest son was diagnosed with Acute Megakaryoblastic Leukemia in August 2013 when he was just 5 months old. I used it as a sort of stress outlet, with no goals in mind. After he passed away on June 20, 2014, I continued to run to help distract myself from the grief. It helped a little, but then I found TEAM in Training through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. My TEAMmates have helped me so much, and mean the world to me. Now I run marathons and fundraise in memory of my son, Connor. If it weren't for them, I don't know where I'd be.
Favorite distance? And /or favorite race you have run?
My favorite distance has to be a half marathon. It's challenging, but doable. However, my favorite RACE has to be the Flying Pig Full Marathon. 26.2 miles of fun.
If you could go on a run anywhere, where would it be? Your ideal run?
I absolutely LOVE trail running. I think my favorite place to run would have to be somewhere in open country, like Colorado or Montana. One day I'll manage to do an ultra somewhere out west.
Favorite pre or post run food?
Buttered English muffins are my go-to for runs over 6 miles. I usually end a run with a huge bowl from Chipotle. Haha
Do you cross train?
I'm starting to. Its making a HUGE difference in my running.
Do you use a GPS or track your mileage and if so, which one?
Yes, I have a Garmin Forerunner 230. I love it.
What have you learned/gained through running?
I've learned to love my body, as it's carried me hundreds of miles. Running has given me a whole second family, and has given me purpose, a reason to keep going.
Your next running goal?
My next goal is to keep up my cross training and maybe run the Columbus Marathon this year. In the meantime, lose some weight and work on my speed.
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