As a national sponsor of the Girls on the Run SoleMates charity running program, Garmin is partnering with this great organization to further their mission and share the stories of the women and men who are “running for a reason.” Runners can sign up for any event — runs, walks, bike rides or triathlons — and raise funds that will support their chosen council of Girls on the Run. Want your next race to help change lives? Find out more here. Today’s story comes from Stevie, who volunteers with Girls on the Run of Central Kentucky. She’s running her first marathon in October to support Girls on the Run and honor a promise to a friend.
Every time I step on the pavement in my running shoes, I make new observations of how life and running are so very similar. Life is hard. So is running. Both take dedication, heart, endurance, guts, strength and humility. We push through the pain. We keep moving. For me, running gives me rhythm. Running makes me feel more alive, stronger and in more control of my life. And, within the past two years, running has become more than just an activity for me. It’s become a passion, and that’s because of my involvement with the Girls on the Run program. I've been truly blessed to be a part of Girls on the Run. "My girls" have taught me to not take myself so seriously, and to simply have fun and be silly. They helped me see the positive in myself again. They have brought me so much joy. They have recharged my spirit. They helped me move forward in this race we call life.
On October 13, 2013, I will be running my first marathon in honor of all of my Girls on the Run. But, there is another reason why I’m finally facing my fears of running 26.2 miles. And her name is Sarah Beyer. I made a promise to Sarah that I would run a marathon with her one day. On Kentucky Derby day in 2012, she was hit by a drunk driver. She was seriously injured in the crash. But, like every runner I know, she refused to quit. She endured months of physical therapy and, I’m overjoyed to report that she is running the Chicago Marathon. And, I’m going to join her. Just like I promised.