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may 2017 diva runI run because I can. I was an overweight child, teen, and adult.  Activity wasn’t encouraged, and I always told myself I was too fat anyway. That became my story. I am too fat to do ________.  Fill in that blank with anything! I used my weight to limit myself. I decided to push myself to think differently in my early 30’s. My first goal was to complete a 5K. The goal was to do a 1 and done just to prove to myself I could do it, but I got hooked! So I upped the stakes and set my goal on a 10K. Six POINT 1 miles of asphalt.  I trained, and I conquered.  I start enjoying my new identity as a runner.  I felt good bragging that I completed a 10K. As usual, ego got in the way and next thing I knew I was registering for a half marathon. 13.1 miles of asphalt.  I goal shifted from proving to myself to proving to “them” (the invisible naysayers in my head) that I could actually complete a half marathon. While crossing the finish line for my first half marathon is a memory I will never forget, the journey of preparing for that race is one that I value the most.  I made friends, one of whom became a best friend. I found new drinking buddies (I love an ice cold beer after a race). But most of all in that journey, I found a new way of connecting to my higher power and that has transformed me in more ways than one. I will save that for another blog.

Since completing my first half marathon in March 2007, I have completed a ton more plus two full marathons.  Life threw some curve balls (earned my Ph.D., full-time caregiver, multiple relocations, etc.) and my running became inconsistent.  I promised myself that when things settle down, I will return. I have completed two half’s this year, one of which was the Diva Half-Marathon.  I found my tribe and was invited to be a Brand Ambassador.  I said yes because I wanted to share my experience with those who have placed limitations on what they can and can not do.

I run because of my late brother was a triple amputee and got up to take “walks” with his neighbors every morning he didn’t have dialysis.

I run because one of my best friends is battling cancer again (CANCER SUCKS!) and her physical energy is low.

I run because, I survived indescribable grief and hurt, AND I still have JOY.

I run because I can! #runlikeadiva

Check out my video opening my box of goodies from Divas Marathon

Register for a race with the Diva Running Series! Use my discount code TODIVANMB18

I will be running the North Myrtle Beach Race on May 6, 2018.

Share with me what is keeping you from being your most awesome self.



  1. Dawn White  July 30, 2017

    You are awesome! I don’t think I knew all of this about you! What an inspiring story! Diva is lucky to have you as an ambassador!!!!

  2. Petrina  August 1, 2017

    A few days ago I was telling someone of your journey and how you encouraged me to join you. I am now from a point of want to, to have to!

    No talking about it until I have something to show (first goal 30 lds). You are are an example, motivator and above all (to me) CONQUEROR.


  3. Stacy Stanton  August 1, 2017

    This is so inspiring! Keep up the good work!

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