When Ashley and Toni, the founders of Black Girls Run!, called to chat with me about the Black Girls Run! Drive to End Hunger Race Weekend September 14-16, 2012, in Atlanta, I quickly said yes to being a Blog Ambassador for the event – even before they gave me all of the details. I’ve followed BGR for quite some time now and I’m happy to have the opportunity to actively support them and all the wonderful things that they are doing to encourage black women – and women of all ethnic backgrounds – to run.
I’ve seen running change people’s lives. It changed mine. Not only physically, but mentally and socially, too. As a former smoker and someone who wouldn’t walk to the mailbox let alone even THINK about running to it, it still amazes me that I’ve completed 26.2 miles – twice! The health benefits from running are well known, but I had no idea the confidence that it would create for me. It’s truly powerful.
All smiles after my first marathon – The Marine Corps Marathon in 2010.
I’ve seen BGR change people’s lives, too. People like me, who never thought they could run are out there moving and loving it. The support the group provides is priceless.
I’m excited about doing some runs with the local group in my area and training for the 10K. I haven’t been on a regular training schedule with a goal in mind and I think its time to fix that. I’m going to put together a plan for me to PR the race in September.
My fastest 10K race was the Peachtree Road Race in 2010 – 1:11:03.
Yup, we’ve got some work to do.
Hopefully, you’ll join me as I chronicle my training here; and I’d love to see you and cheer you on in September, too. There’s a 5K, a 10K, and the Inaugural Black Girls Run Conference. Oh, did I mention it’s a co-ed race? Fun! For more information or to register, visit BlackGirlsRun.com.
Winks & Smiles,
Disclosure: As a blog ambassador for the BGR Drive to End Hunger Race Weekend I’m receiving complimentary registration and other perks. As always, my thoughts and opinions are all my own.