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My Most Important Mile: Leah Gonzalez

My Most Important Mile: Leah Gonzalez

This Thanksgiving week, we are going to run a series of Most Important Miles to celebrate the fact that we are so grateful for your stories, our collective miles that send strength and love into the world, the community that brings us together, and the simple ability to run. Thank you, thank you.

It was a cold wintry day in December of 2009 and I went to the gym for my exercise.  To this day I still don’t know what I was thinking, but as I completed my walk, I thought, “I wonder if I can run a mile?”

I’ve never been a runner, never was an active child. I’d begun a weight loss journey and usually only walked or did the elliptical for exercise…

 
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Most Important Mile: Katye Riselli

Most Important Mile: Katye Riselli

This Thanksgiving week, we are going to run a series of Most Important Miles to celebrate the fact that we are so grateful for your stories, our collective miles that send strength and love into the world, the community that brings us together, and the simple ability to run. Thank you, thank you.

Leaves crunched under my feet as I jogged hesitantly from the parking lot to the paved running trail. It was a brilliant Virginia fall, and although some trees still boasted vibrant red-orange leaves, many had yellowed and more than a few had fallen. Judging from the number of brown leaves lining the path, winter was closer than summer—and the realization surprised me…

 
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My Most Important Mile: Kristen Wood

My Most Important Mile: Kristen Wood

This Thanksgiving week, we are going to run a series of Most Important Miles to celebrate the fact that we are so grateful for your stories, our collective miles that send strength and love into the world, the community that brings us together, and the simple ability to run. Thank you, thank you.

When I climb on the treadmill today, my legs feel like cement columns and I know this run will be difficult. My training program calls for nine miles. Nine. Long. Miles.

I should be running outside, but it’s cold and I’m not that brave.

The start button beeps when I press it and I take the first step, then the second…

 
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My Most Important Mile: Danielle Perfetti

My Most Important Mile: Danielle Perfetti

This Thanksgiving week, we are going to run a series of Most Important Miles to celebrate the fact that we are so grateful for your stories, our collective miles that send strength and love into the world, the community that brings us together, and the simple ability to run. Thank you, thank you.

When I ran the 2010 Pittsburgh Marathon, it changed my life. Up until that point, I couldn’t imagine that running could ever give me any more.  But finishing 26.2 miles in my hometown was the ultimate experience. I walked—okay, hobbled—away that day with a belief in myself that I had never experienced…

 
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My Most Important Mile: Lisa Anderson

My Most Important Mile: Lisa Anderson

This Thanksgiving week, we are going to run a series of Most Important Miles to celebrate the fact that we are so grateful for your stories, our collective miles that send strength and love into the world, the community that brings us together, and the simple ability to run. Thank you, thank you.

Over the course of the summer, my five-year-old son, Caden, had run 12 miles—mostly with his dad. I had been off running for 6 months (ahh!!) following hip surgery earlier this year. Not all of those miles were fun and games for him, but he stuck with it, and I reminded him it would pay off in the end…

 
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