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Running with Soul: Meet Sue (#14)

How many years have you been running? 
19 years

Little bit about yourself:
My name is Sue and I am a 37 year old mom to two little boys, a military/pilot’s wife, and a Pediatric Intensive care nurse! I am an Air Force Veteran and spent 6 years on Active Duty.  I am originally from the Boston area and am a HUGE Red Sox fan!  I like to dabble in a lot of things but mainly I love to bake cupcakes and RUN!  I host a blog called This Mama Runs for Cupcakes and a Facebook page . I have been running for almost 20 years. For a long time I ran to stay in shape and used it as a form of cardio. I have always been pretty athletic.  For years I ran a handful of 5K’s here and there for fun but was never really concerned about improving my skill or getting better until I ran my first half marathon in 2007.

My running took a back burner when I got pregnant with my first child in 2008 and then I actually took about a 4 year hiatus after my family and I moved to Colorado.  My body did not adjust to the elevation and the hills very well at all.  A little under 2 years ago we moved to the DC area so my husband could attend a military university.  At this time I had had my second child and was really wanting/needing to get back into shape.  And it was amazing, I could breathe back at sea level and that was the start of me getting my running legs back!  I started a local chapter of a running group called Moms Run This Town and I haven’t looked back.  Running has become my passion, my sanity, my “me” time and my reflecting time. To date I have run 6 Half Marathons, a handful of 5 and 10 milers, and just completed my greatest accomplishment yet, my first marathon!!

Who or what inspires you to run? 
I have several sources of inspiration. My number one inspiration is my children.  They inspire me to be a better mommy and make me want to be the best role model that I can be. I want to instill healthy living values and the importance of being healthy and making healthy choices.  I hope that by watching me it will help to teach them the importance of being disciplined and that with hard work, you really can achieve anything that you want.  I want to be able to chase them around on the playground, play soccer or baseball with them as they get older and in turn be able to do that with my grandkids as well! In addition, the mamas that I run with in my running group, Moms RUN This Town also Inspire me. I have seen women who had never even run a 5K go from completing couch to 5K and in a year complete a marathon. They are truly inspirational and help me get out the door some days that I just dont' want to!

What is your running mantra? 
Don't run away from OVER them!

What is your favorite running/fitness blog? 
One of my favorite running/fitness blogs is Trading in My Heels( I started following Karen for a while before I started my own blog, she inspired me to start mine!

What has been your most memorable race? 
My most memorable race was my first marathon, the Marine Corp Marathon.

What is your dream race? (Besides Boston) 
I would love to run the Paris or London Marathon

What are you currently training for? 
Currently I'm training for the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, VA.

What one piece of running gear can you not live without? 
My 110% compression knickers/tights

If you could share any words of advice/encouragement to a new runner, what would it be? 
Run your own race and don't compare yourself to others. Your run is YOUR run!

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Huge thanks to Sue for participating in this series!

Be sure to check back each Monday 9 am CST as another runner shares their journey of running with soul.

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