There were bumps in the road. I developed plantar fasciitis a month before my first Half Marathon. After talking to other Team 13 members though, I soon learned how they treat similar injuries.
That’s where I met Liz, a Team 13 member. She is a speed walker so we trained together. She’s such a motivator! We crossed the finish line of my first Half Marathon together. Tears of joy, happiness, and achievement just streamed down my face.
At the 10K warm up race in 2012, I met Carla. Her sisters and friends were taking a picture along the race course. She invited me to be in the picture. I was someone she didn’t even know. Today, we continue meeting on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays to run/walk together. They are my running family.
That was five Half Marathons and several 5K and 10K races ago. This year I am a volunteer for Jump Start and Team 13. This is taking run/walk training to a whole other level. I am training for the Half Marathon in addition to helping others train.
Today, I mentally and physically feel healthy. I am a member of a Running Family, and I’ve met so many wonderful people. As a volunteer, it is rewarding to help others on their way to achieving their goals. Jump Start and Team 13 have given me new opportunities to live life to the fullest!
This Is Y.
– Cecilia Kuester
Jump Start and Team 13 Volunteer