Most importantly, while I already knew this, at every race I realize again and again that everyone has a story. Mirna Valerio, who is a motivational speaker for runners (and an amazing athlete!), asked the audience during a recent lecture “What is your WHY?” The truth is-every one of us has a WHY--- we just need to own it.
"I have found something deep inside of me that I didn’t know was there, a love for training and competing. Not to mention, I learned that I give my own children and grandchildren inspiration to be active which means the world to me".
...running has taught me that mental strength is super important to have a good and balanced life in general. I’m always thankful that I can breath hard and keep moving forward regardless of what is happening in my life or around me. I enjoy feeling tired and sore from good runs as much as I do feeling strong from them.
"I have learned that I am capable of hard things. That my mind is strong and with a good attitude and effort, I can accomplish goals. I have gained friendships, insight, strength, knowledge, courage, happiness and a deeper understanding of myself."