Bio: I started running in 2012 and soon after, I found out I was pregnant. I had my daughter in 2013 and started running and competing again 6 weeks later. I have since completed 53 races (from 5ks to 200 mile relays) since the birth of my daughter.
Running allowed me to escape the demands of new motherhood and I found a newfound freedom once my feet hit the pavement and I could run with abandon. Not only did running help with the pregnancy weight gain but it also helped with my postpartum depression. I had no idea that the PPD would hit me so hard. Running was my therapy. The PPD is still there, but running makes it more manageable.
I want to become a Gazelle Girl pacer to encourage other mothers to put themselves first and make running a priority for them physically, mentally, and emotionally. Compared to the challenges of parenting, running a half marathon is a piece of cake.
Why Gazelle Girl: The first Gazelle Girl I participated in was this year at the 5k. I could not get over the positivity and encouragement all these women gave each other. I left that race thinking, “I want to be that person for another runner”. All it takes is one person to believe in you and you can achieve so much more than you thought you could.