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''Nothing Brings Me Joy Like Running Does''

Gail Found Her Passion After Stepping Off the Treadmill

-- By SparkPeople Editorial Staff
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Besides weight loss, what other improvements have you noticed?
If I were solely running to lose weight, I might have quit years ago. Although running has helped me keep the weight off (I lost about 60 pounds over six years ago), it is no longer the reason I continue to run. I honestly never really felt like I fit in anywhere. Everything others were doing didn’t seem appealing to me: I am not into fashion, I don't feel the need to have my hair done every day, and sitting at the beach is not for me. But now, I feel like I have a place in this world because of my love of running. As a runner, I have come to believe that everyone needs a passion in life. I go to bed at night looking forward to the next day, the next run, the next race. I also love the people I have met because of running. I now have a confidence that was not there before I started my running journey.

What are some of your running goals?
My ultimate goal is to qualify and run the Boston Marathon. There is a drive within me that I believe will get me there.

What are some of your accomplishments?
So far I have completed one 5K, three 10Ks, two half marathons, two marathons, one relay race, and one mini triathlon. I have met up with Sparkers at many of the races, too. There is nothing more fun than meeting fellow SparkPeople runners!

Anything else you'd like to add?
I know I would not be the runner that I am today if it weren’t for SparkPeople. Every day I have a place to go and talk with friends about running. None of my real life friends are runners. So far, I have met five SparkPeople friends and raced with one as well! Running brings me joy and makes my world a wonderful place. I wish everyone could feel as good as I feel after a great run.
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