Since my discharge from the Army 3 years ago, I have been searching for a new “home” for a long time. The mom’s clubs that I’ve joined just did not cut it. I’m not saying that all moms clubs are the same; I’m just saying the ones I’ve joined were just not for me. When my family and I moved from Texas to Virginia, a friend introduced me to a run club: MRTT-Moms Run This Town. Running has always been a love of mine so to be in this club meant a lot to me.
At first I was so intimidated because I was out of shape, I gained a few pounds and I was embarrassed of how far I have let myself go. Well this MRTT club cares nothing about that. MRTT is a FREE running club for women to support and motivate one another in their running journey. It doesn’t matter if you are a walker or runner; they welcome all! Let’s just say I’ve found my new “home”.
The Admin Post:
“As we approach the end of the year, what are you most proud of or what goals did you crush this year? I know there were some firsts out there. Let’s celebrate them. What are you looking forward to in 2018?”
The responses to this post were so inspiring. Everyone is different and everyone have different paths, but in the end we have all accomplished something together. We have proved that anything is possible through friendship, motivation, guidance, motherhood, struggles, challenges, and even pain.
Some of the Responses:
“I didn’t have any running goals in 2017, other than keep running consistently which I have for the most part. In 2017 I want to run at least one full marathon (I start my training next week for Blue Ridge, we’ll see if I can pull that off!), and I would LOVE to run a race a month, although that might be easier said than done. No PR goals. I’m done chasing those, at least for a while.”
“I was proud to have finished my first half marathon since 2.5 years ago and it wasn’t my slowest! After having my baby 19 months ago getting back into it was so tough. I feel like I have a good base now and could tackle a couple of half’s in 2018.”
“I was always a runner but not a strong long distance runner and the running I did while in the Army were all in a formation or when told to. So my goal for 2017 was to get stronger, faster and healthier. Once I started and got a routine down, it all felt great. In 3 months I’ve accomplished more than I ever thought I would. Then just when I thought it was getting good, it was crushed by an unknown source of pain which has limited my running tremendously. I am still very proud of pushing myself the way I did. Now I see my potentials. So my 2018 goals are to find the source of the pain, fix it, then run Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), 50K, and Richmond Half Marathon.”
Do not let the pain take you down!
What motivates you?
These are the type of things that motivates me. I’ve been hurting for a while now but once in a while I sneak a couple runs in here and there. Not as much and as far as I would like to but with every time I do I’m happy I did it. For 2018, all I want to do is go the distance and take every opportunity I can to try a new race. It doesn’t matter where I finish but just to say I finished.
All of these women are moms. Some are wives, entrepreneurs, authors, and workers in many fields and yet they still have the time to run, RUN THIS TOWN. They have literally run this entire town to it core and back. They have motivated many and continue to inspire all. I am proud to say that I am a part of this elite club: MRTT.
So for 2018, let’s find a way to make a difference mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Be an inspiration to your kids, your family, a stranger, and most definitely, yourself.
Do not let your pass hold you back!
There are many groups and opportunities out there to help you find that passion in life you once had.
Do not give up!
Happy New Year Everyone!