This past weekend I hiked my first 14er – continuing on my path to be accepted as a Coloradan – a difficult task for a Californian to achieve, but nonetheless, I’m dedicated to the cause. After three hours of hard work and great conversations, reaching the summit was one of the most fulfilling moments! On top of the WORLD.
One of my favorite things (there are many) about being a part of the Sweat Pink community is that we are a tribe of strong, empowering, no nonsense women. This is fact. To answer my question of “who runs the world?” Queen B promptly responds, Girls.
Running is my constant; release from the “real world” of work, relationships, and school (don’t get me wrong I love all these things); and connection with the “real world” of nature, breathing, and sweat. It’s a constant reminder that I am stronger than I think, can always go faster, and run the extra mile…in all that I do. In addition to a being my self-care and alone time, running is also an extremely social activity for me. Running with friends is hands down one of my favorite things in this world; a commonality I share with my best friends. Crossing the finish line of the Chicago Marathon with my two best friends was the best feeling this world has offered. I’m grateful for a body and mind that loves to run. And with that, I’m paying it forward.
Through working with Sweat Pink, I have the opportunity to partner with If Girls Ran the World do something I love (run!) and fundraise for a charity devoted to “eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.” The YWCA USA! For the month of October, I am committed to tracking my miles, sharing the experience on social media, and fundraising for YWCA.
If you love to run, or have never run a mile, I challenge you to join If Girls Ran the World this October. Inspire and empower women to continue running this race towards gender equality. Join me! Let’s kick dirt together and just f***ing run.