Alaina's words of empowerment
Start today and never give up. Everyone starts somewhere. And everyone has bad days. When you think to yourself 'I can't go any farther' just remember...you can!
I've been a runner for 14ish years. Ran for Kent State University, all the long distances (5k/10k mainly). Just transitioned to half marathons within the last year.
Alexandria Vintevoghel's words of empowerment
Radiate positive vibes. Failure builds character. Just when you think you can't run another step...you remember that you're still 4 miles from home. So you suck it up, because that's where the food is.
Alissa Mckaig's words of empowerment
My mom just texted me these words after a rough day. "You is kind. You is smart. You is important." It is from the book "The Help," and I think it is so important as women to hold onto that. It has nothing to do with what we look like, how fit we are or we aren't, whether we are able to put together a stylish outfit or pretty tablescape, or who we know, and everything to do with who we are as people. Who you are at your core doesn't change and that can make all the difference in a bad day.
From Lawrence, KS.
I am originally from Michigan where I was a sprinter for MSU. I am currently living in Lawrence, Kansas about to finish up my Master's degree in Sport Psychology...all the while learning how to be a long distance runner. In my spare time I run a small business (Lots of Spots Bakery and Boutique), coach track and field, and RUN!
Alysson Bodenbach's words of empowerment
One of the mottos I live by is "if 'plan A' doesn't work, don't worry because there's 25 more letters in the alphabet". Each one of us is on our own little adventure with plenty of bumps in the road but the only thing that matters is how we recover from those bumps. Always keep your chin up and always be ready for the next letter in the alphabet.
Amanda Vintevoghel's words of empowerment
You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face.
Amanda Courchaine's words of empowerment
Be true to yourself. You should train and be active for yourself and no one else. I can say it is a good feeling to look nice for your significant other or friends, but do it for you first. Media is so focused on one type of woman, but we are all built different. There is no way I could ever be a healthy size 2, but I can be a healthy size 6. That is not to say that another woman cannot be a healthy size 2. Focus on yourself, plan for yourself; It's okay to be greedy sometimes. :)
From Buffalo, N.Y..
While I have always been around sports it wasn't until I hit my 30s that I went from professional observer to participant. I'm a sports reporter by trade but have found a passion for endurance sports, particularly distance running and triathlon. Writing is how I make sense of the world. Running is how I enter it.
Amy Moritz's words of empowerment
The only story that holds power over you is the one you choose to tell yourself. And you have the ability to change your story.
From Edmonds, WA.
I am an ACE certified personal trainer, thru-hiker, ultrarunner, mountaineer, climber, endurance adventurer, and wilderness lover. In 2013 I set the Self-Supported Fastest Known Time for the Pacific Crest Trail (60:14:12). In 2015 I also set the Self-Supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail (54:7:48). I am actively working on completing climbs of the Highest 100 Peaks in Washington according to the Bulger List as well as climbing the peaks in the lower 48 with 4k ft of prominence.
Heather Anderson's words of empowerment
Life is never going to hand you six months to go backpacking, it's never going to hand you the career of your dreams, it's never going to hand you the perfect relationship. All of these things take work, they all take years of being willing to make sacrifices and to step forward and make things happen for yourself.
I am a graduate student at Colorado State University and I am interested in researching and working with children with developmental disabilities. I am from Michigan and moved to Colorado in 2012. I began running marathons in 2013, and have decided to run a marathon in every state. I love overnight running relays, spending time in the mountains, and recently I have dreamed of becoming a mountain biker.
Brianne Gerlach-McDonald's words of empowerment
Brene Brown is one of my favorite authors right now , and I recently read "No matter how much I get done, or is left UNDONE, at the end of the day I am enough" and "Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just SHOW UP". These reminders help on days where maybe we haven't accomplished everything we wanted to, or maybe we set our expectations too high for ourselves and need to appreciate what we did do, even it if it was small.
From Boise, Idaho.
I have been a runner as long as I can remember! I fell in love with running with friends, adventuring in the mountains and pushing myself to new feats! I have recently met my goal of finishing a 100 mile race. My next goal is to run a sub 3 hour marathon! But my primary goal is to continue to Run Happy! :)
Brittany Goicoechea's words of empowerment
Run Happy! Never, never, never give up! Run often, run long, but never outrun your joy of running! Don't pants your poop!
I've been running since I was 12 because I had no hand eye coordination. I ran in college and I'm currently starting to really train again. I've interned for both Runner's World & Flotrack. I am a track & field super fan.
Cara Hawkins's words of empowerment
“I relish being an underdog, I also relish the comeback” - Gabe Grunewald
From Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Charissa Steyn's words of empowerment
Remember that you are valuable, strong, beautiful, and worthy- not for what you do, but for who you are! Believe that truth and live in that identity every single day of your life...and then watch the most amazing adventure unfold!
From Kalamazoo, MI.
I am currently a respiratory therapy student and busy with work, school, clinical rotations, and life. My husband and I enjoy the great outdoors and being disconnected from the world during vacations. We love DIY projects and spending time with our dogs!
From Houston, TX.
I just achieved my life goal: to complete a PhD. I feel so proud of that accomplishment! I live in Houston, TX and am currently a yogi at Yoga One Houston. I enjoy running, walks, talks with friends, a good cup of coffee, and plenty of good books.
Elizabeth Gross's words of empowerment
You have the power to make your life a fulfilling adventure. Sometimes we just need to believe in ourselves and that what we are doing is important and has meaning beyond even what we know.
Emily Holstine's words of empowerment
Only exercise on days that you want to be happy. =]
From Tampa, FL.
I'm originally from Michigan but flew south as soon as I was old enough to leave the nest. Auburn University is my alma mater and I ran cross country there, although I always wish I would have taken it more seriously. Now I'm living in Tampa, Florida, where my two Siberian Huskies keep me running.
Jennifer Gross's words of empowerment
Try to be as true to yourself as possible in everything you do.
I am a wife of almost 12 years and a mother to a 9 year old son. I was born and raised in MI but live in GA now. I love distance running, reading, hiking, boating and SUP.
Julie's words of empowerment
You can do anything you set your mind to. I know it sounds cliché but it is so true. Little by little, step by step, you can achieve big things.
Trail runner, kettle chip runner, former teacher trying to find her way. I've used my passion to start a timing company with my husband and father-in-law. We have timed everything from the Leadville 100 (assistants) to the 2015 U.S. National Nordic Skiing Championships. I am currently training for the North Country 50 Mile Trail Run and raising money for "Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S)".
Kara Graci's words of empowerment
Strive for individual progress, not perfection.
Katherine Randall's words of empowerment
Follow your dreams. You can do anything with patience and persistence.
Starting a cycling and triathlon career after many years break from track and field. Find me in my element when I'm outside being active. I enjoy helping others be active and healthy. Otherwise I'm doing something artistic and inspiring.
Kelly Kucharski's words of empowerment
What's lifting you up? What's holding you back? UR! Be good to yourself, it's your best investment. Whatever it takes. People will find a way to support you. :)
29 year old legal assistant from Michigan. In my free time I like to do calligraphy, run, play with my dog, and listen to music.
Kim Holstine's words of empowerment
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
Kristie Salzmann's words of empowerment
We are all different; find what makes you happy and helps you be the best person that you can. Once you find that, hold onto it, cherish it, and never let anyone take it anyway from you.
I've been an athlete since I could walk and have always enjoyed being active. As a former collegiate runner, I love pushing my limits when it comes to fitness. I'm currently a graphic designer, learning how to live in the working world while maintaining an active lifestyle.
Liana Eckert's words of empowerment
It will get easier. I know a lot of people that are hesitant to start something because they tried it once and it felt too hard or difficult. It's only natural for something new to be challenging, but I promise that if you keep working at it, you will eventually push through the barrier and look back and laugh thinking that you ever doubted yourself. Trust me, I've experienced this myself with running and I've even blown my own mind at the things I've done that I never thought my body could do.
A 19 year old rock climber and avid runner from Metro Detroit! Running and climbing are my life. I have been known to be a little bit "crazy" and quite adventurous. Two of my favorite things are going to new places and meeting new people!
Madeline Farmer's words of empowerment
"We might fall down seven times but guess what, we are going to stand up eight times."
Born and raised in Michigan. I work hard for everything I have and everything that I have become. Excited to be part of UR with such an amazing support team and to help motivate other women!
Meggan Krause's words of empowerment
We each have our own "flaws" and struggles. Don't compare yourself to others in a negative light, find what activity makes you feel passionate and excited and use that activity to reach your fitness goals. Once you get up and get going- you are unstoppable.
I hate running. I love runners. They empower me to attempt running, climb mountains, swim lakes, bicycle the countryside, and dream big.
Michelle Foster's words of empowerment
Start small. Dream big.
From New Jersey/New York City.
Running is my passion. As an attorney, running is where I find peace and balance to deal with the stresses my work and life bring. Running has been my passion for 38 years! I have 12 marathons under my belt, numerous half marathons, 25ks, 10 milers and 5ks too. My goal is to motivate others to run and be in good health and at the age of 56, I am happy that I have the ability to continue my running passion.
Sally Miller's words of empowerment
Be active for good health. Find your passion and never loose it!
From My Truck.
As a climber there is really only one way to get better and that is to fail over and over, but if you stick with it and fight through the repeated hardship you will come out on top. A champion.
Samantha's words of empowerment
"We Try, We Fall, We Try Again, We Fall Again, We Keep Trying, Then We Smile"
Thirty-something or other trying to stay active while navigating the physically exhausting and mentally demanding legal profession. I run and try to stay active with other fitness programs and yoga.
Samantha's words of empowerment
You do not have to be better than anyone else. Just be a better you than you were yesterday. Make this your only goal. Every. Single. Day.
Marathoner/ global public health nerd. You can find me on the roads or trails, always finding an excuse to go to coffee afterward. Working towards my career and running goals, always pushing forward.
Sarah's words of empowerment
Just stick with it, you never know what the future is going to hold for you. Chances are that just when you are about to give up is when a breakthrough will happen. If you find just those few extra seconds/ minutes/ miles that you didn't think you had in you, great things can happen.
From Rochester MN.
I am a positive person who is very dedicated when I put my mind and heart into it. I love being active and being outdoors/ I try to live each day to the fullest with friends and loved ones.
Tasha Pinckney's words of empowerment
I think anyone who dedicates their time to a sport tells a lot about who they are. If you commit yourself to a sport and push through even when it's hard and their's temptation to quit... I think that is how they will handle other aspects of their life (work, family, marriage, and friendships). It's a challenge that we can succeed in