When nominated for the Power of Running to Inspire award, Arielles nominator told us "She always has a positive attitude and is always up for a few more miles! She made everyone feel welcome and included and pushed you to do your best!"
I have never considered myself a runner and to be honest, I still don’t; yet, there is something about running that is invigorating, addicting, and just outright fun. I cannot help but to continue to hit the pavement, one foot at a time.
I grew up playing competitive sports, yet I was an overweight teen and never ran on my own. As I started to lose the weight, I still was not interested in running until the year after college when I worked as an event coordinator at SUNY Albany. I started training with a few friends in support of the American Stroke Association and embarked on my journey of running a marathon. One by one, my friends began to drop out of the training, but I was determined to see this goal through. Injury after injury and with doctors telling me to take time off and rest, I proceeded to push even harder and completed my first (and potentially last) marathon in Burlington, VT in 2005. From there I continued to find other runners and just kept on running.
I like to call running my therapy. It helps me refocus when I am in a mood, it helps me maintain my weight, it keeps me strong, and overall running makes me a better person.
What I realized over the years is that each runner has their own journey and this aspect draws me to want to run with people and learn their stories. I began running with Fleet Feet Sports Stamford in the fall of 2015, participated in the half marathon training group, and have been hooked ever since. I mentored the NOBO II 5K group last spring and currently coach the NOBO II 5K group. I am blessed by every person I have trained with and every stranger I have waved to or even engaged in conversation, as they given me a bit more hope, momentum, and strength on each run. I enjoy giving back to the running community and hope that I can motivate people one step (literally) at a time.