What if we were all runners?

Image may contain: 9 people, people smiling, people standing, hat and outdoorRunning for me began in high school as simply a way to earn my Letter!  Little did I know, this was going to be the beginning to life change in my adult years! I did learn I had some potential in running…I loved to run but after graduation, due to some injuries I stopped.
9 years ago as a 32-year-old mother, my youngest started kindergarten and I decided to take on running again. I don’t really know why, but I just had to run. I began to meet other mothers who also wanted more than just sitting over coffee! We wanted to be runners, and this common ground started our own personal group running therapy. It was a small group who could share thoughts, struggles, disappointments, along with wins we were having in life. You can share anything out on a run. It’s a safe place.
Over the years my little mom group grew to a very diverse group of adults of many ages. Both male and female with different beliefs and backgrounds came together every week with one common goal, to train and run together “rain or shine.” It’s interesting to me, that a group of very different people, can have peace with each other and simply run, enjoying the company of the group! The group run is my favorite run of the week.
I often wonder, “would our diverse world be a better place to live if we all were runners?”
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About Julie Mullins (103 Articles)
I am a 41 year-old runner from Dallas, OR. I am married to Jerry (also a runner) and we have three kids (one who will run with us on occasion). I work full time at West Valley Hospital/Salem Health and run as often as I can. I ran in High school but as an adult, started running in 2008. Since then, I have completed 13 full marathons, numerous 5k, 10ks and 15k. I've run two Ultras and just completed my 31st half marathon. My goal is the get my BQ in 2018 at Eugene Marathon! (Pinch me, I DID IT!!!) I also organize a local running group called ZaoFit (on facebook). I LOVE running with others - it is what keeps me motivated to stay consistent, and to keep dreaming big.

2 Comments on What if we were all runners?

  1. for sure.

    but getting an age group award would become a whole lot harder …

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