I’m an ambassador for 261 Fearless. Each month we are given a topic to write about and this month the topic is inspiring women.
There are plenty of famous women I could list, from athletes to leaders in education to government leaders, but I’d rather give some love to some of the awesome women in my life. It was hard to narrow down my list, but here are five women who inspire me to keep moving on a daily basis.
- My mom – My mom isn’t a runner, but she can walk faster than some women can run. She’s also my rock. She’s always there when one of us needs her, no matter how often we seem to be begging for help. She’s also an amazing cook and gardner and helped foster my love for all things vegetable.
- My friend Deb – I’ve mentioned Deb before. She’s the one who gave me the brilliant idea to run two marathons in one weekend. She has shown me that it’s not about speed – it’s about showing up and finishing and surviving to run another day.
- My friend Chavet – Chavet recently won (did you hear me? WON!) a 100 mile race. Not only was she the winner (not just first woman), but she set a course record. I’ve run with her at a few Mainly Marathons races and I’ve loved watching her become stronger and stronger. She’s totally shown me that persistance pays off.
- My friend Caroline – If I had a wife, it would be Caroline. She is my go to when I need help with just about anything (including sending her about 75 texts the night before the White House visit to figure out clothes and jewelry). She’s also a phenomenal runner (I think she’s run Boston 17 times) and the one who convinced me to run my very first race. That’s right, if not for her, this blog would not even exist.
- My friend Hannah – Hannah is one of my closest MRTT friends. Life has thrown a lot of challenges her way in the form of running injuries and personal challenges. But, she keeps picking herself up and pushing forward. She rocked MCM last year and I have faith that she will run it again. Her tenacity blows me away every.single.day.
This list only just scratches the surface of amazing women in my life. Not all of my “village” is active, but many of them are in one way or another. The one thing that they all have in common is that they take everything in stride and keep moving forward with grace and good humor. I’m proud to call them all my friends and family.