Amy Peacock of Charlotte, N.C. found healing through running—along with giving back to her church and community—after experiencing the loss of her parents. Cancer took her dad’s life when she was 21, and her mother died in 2003, just over 10 years later, of ALS. Amy, a 42-year-old mother of two—Bruton, 9, and Avery, 8—says it was her passion for running outdoors and for helping others that “helped me finally deal with pain.”
Best recent run: Everyday I run is a great run!
He said it: I played soccer through college and finally started running when my husband said, “Why do you just work out in fitness classes?” Can you imagine? Annoyed, I immediately registered for the 1997 Marine Corps Marathon and have not stopped running since.
Back on track: It was very hard for me [to lost her parents]. I was in a new city, with a 1-year-old boy and 2-week-old daughter. I had not been running because I was really pregnant, down and had an infection from a C-section. I was on my knees. The very day I went out to run, I began to feel better. I immediately ordered a double jogging stroller and then my world opened up. I realized how important it is to be healthy in mind and body—for myself and for my family.
Joy-filled living: I pursued coaching Girls on the Run because I loved their mission. I wanted to create care teams for my church because that is what we had needed all along. And then be part of a ministry to encourage preventative health. Our church encourages everyone to have a ministry based on their interests and experience. It worked for me. Being aligned with my passion makes life less stressful and more joyful.
Chi Runner: I found out about ChiRunning in a small article in the Charlotte Observer about nine years ago. I was injured at the time, and the article indicated “you-not the shoe” that may be the problem. I switched to ChiRunning form and philosophy for injury prevention and energy efficiency, got into a racing flat and I have not been injured since. I became an instructor in 2007. I LOVE helping people have more fun running and reduce stress and injury.
What’s to come: My favorite race so far is Big Sur Half—I want to go back and do the full. I love to run at Wrightsville Beach, NC. I hear the Napa Valley Marathon is great. Also, I’d like to do the Adirondack Marathon in NY. Maybe the Destin 50 Miler next year. Chicago, NY, Boston ...