Everyone meet Bertha. Bertha is a survivor of childhood cancer who has been a patient at St. Jude Research Hospital since she was 12 years old; she's now 19 & thanks to St. Jude, is cancer free!!
Last year I was fortunate to hear her story AND to meet her after the hellish half marathon. Honestly, I was able to get through the race knowing that if the kids could fight for their lives every day, I could suck it up & complete my half in 2 hours. Also, hearing Bertha speak about her gratitude for St. Jude and appreciation for life the night before helped me power through. Hearing her speak made me want to cry happy & sad tears. It made me want to hug her It made me want to do whatever I could do to help her and others like her. Every child should be able to experience being a kid. Should have their own childhood. •
Since 2015, I've been running apart of St. Jude's Hero team to fundraise for all of the children who are battling cancer. The past 3 years, I've completed the Nashville Rock N Roll half marathon and this year, I'll be running the VA Beach Rock N Roll Half Marathon labor day weekend.
I'm turning to you, YES YOU, for your assistance. Every donation counts and 100% goes to the children. There's no such thing as too little of an amount. Every donation COUNTS. Please visit my page to make a donation. Let's do this together! And think of it this way, you're doing the easy part; I'm the one running the 13.1 miles in the heat labor day weekend. ❤❤
#kickcancersbutt #choosejoy #stjude #runningforyoukidsatstjude #rocknrollvabeach #rnrvabeach #stjudeheroes #13
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Summer sunset miles are my favorite (even if I feel like I’m going to melt the whole time). Sunshine, could you stick around for a while? K, thanks. #runner #outsiderunning #runpnw
tomorrow i will be traveling to Indianapolis to indulge in a whole lot of sweat, motivation, laughs and inspiration 🔥
for the next 5 days i’ll be in my element at the biggest health & fitness conference in da world — and i am frigging PUMPED 🙌🏼
watch out indy, SYHO is coming for you 💃🏼
I feel the need to do another half marathon just for the shirt.... #amish #halfcrazy
So I look at this picture and it makes me so happy. I can’t believe how far I’ve come. Not just physically but mentally! I actually enjoyed hanging out in my bathing suit- who am I? 😜
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I look perfect! What I am now is accepting that I am doing all I can to get healthier and stronger. Knowing that- I refuse to continue to be clammed up and embarrassed. My body can lift heavy weight, it can plank for long periods of time and hold my body for various exercises that I would have never been able to do. It has carried me through 11 half marathons. So I’m done giving power to other people’s opinions of what I should look like. This is me... A happier, healthier, more confident version of me.
Are you ready to make a change? I can help you get started... #strongereveryday
💪 #confident #happy #healthylifestyle #progressnotperfection #runner #halfcrazy #transformationtuesday #betterthanyesterday #enjoythejourney #ificandoityoucandoit
Slower pace, a little longer distance.✌🏽
first (and only) half marathon completed. with all that has gone on in the past few months (jimmy becoming paralyzed and having back surgery, traveling 2x a week to the cities for PT, grandpa herb’s quadruple bypass, grandma shirley’s passing, grandpa dan’s leg surgery, tim losing his job, tim getting shingles, and now grandpa dan’s recent heart complications and hospitalization)...i’m honestly surprised i was able to do this. my training certainly went downhill after all these curveballs. nevertheless, i tried each week, to keep it up.
we went down to the hospital friday pm when we found out about grandpa and it was the first place i went after the marathon. grandpa dan, every bit of me finishing was for you. i hope you get to go home to the cabin soon. #myfirstmarathon #halfcrazy #gmas18 #almost30 #grandpasgirl
When you sign up for a half marathon and your room mate signs up for a marathon ... training takes over your fridge calendar. #halfcrazy #pointerswelcome
is my running inspiration. This girl is a beast!! I’m so glad we crossed paths. This past Saturday was our 3rd race together, each one more challenging than the other. I know she can definitely run faster than me, but she chooses to run next to me pacing and pushing me every step of the way instead of leave me in the dust. 🏃🏼♀️💨 If that isn’t a true friend, I don’t know what is. Here’s to many more races (and hopefully fights!) together! #medalmonday #mondaymotivation
truthbomb: im not okay
i’ve been so off my game & i feel like a broken record when i say i need to make a change. because i KNOW i need to make changes but my motivation & commitment have been seriously slacking ... you could even say nonexistent 👎🏼
i have been so in my head lately that i am finding myself second guessing *everything* which has my stress & anxiety going through the roof. not to mention i’ve been turning to food & alcohol to make me feel “better” rather than running like i usually do — and #shocker
it makes me feel worse 😰
hear me out: health & fitness journeys are never rainbows & butterflies. they are filled with challenges & you may have a few setbacks — quite a few, if you are like me. and while you may think the biggest challenge is following a meal plan, the real beast is actually your mind 🤯
kudos to those of you who have control over your mental health; and if you are struggling like me, please know that it’s okay and you are not alone. it may feel like the biggest challenge now, but we are strong and can get through this, together 🌷
keep fighting & hold your head up high 🔥