My name is Amanda Lacy and I’ve been running for 14 years. I started running to get in shape and be active, but I quickly discovered that I really enjoyed it and found a deep passion for the sport.

Over the years my reasons for pounding the pavement have changed. It isn’t just physical exercise anymore; it makes me happy, gives me balance, I reconnect with myself, and it is a part of who I am. Of course, running isn’t always blissful. It’s hard and there are many ups and downs. It humbles you and you find yourself walking away from a run or race with your head down. But these struggles can also be amazing teachers. There are lessons to be learned and it builds mental toughness. Embrace it and keep moving forward.

The greatest thing about running is you don’t have to have a certain “look” to be a part of this amazing sport. You just have to be willing to get out the door and put one foot in front of the other! Then you’ll find out just how rewarding running can be!