Lois, MrsC, and Debra! But that is THREE, you say? Why yes it is! Tom and Adam loved reading your responses and have offered a THIRD book for me to give away!
Here are the stories these women shared about how running has transformed their lives:
I ran my first 5k in the 4th grade and from there I feel it took me in the right direction at the right time in a young girl's life. I grew up in a small town and experienced peer pressure that goes hand in hand with living in a small town without much to do. Instead of giving in to the pressure I turned to running. I started having success and loved the way it made me feel, confident, accomplished, and determined. After high school I received an academic and athletic scholarship and was able to receive an education. Without my running it would have been tough for my family and me to afford college. Since graduating I have not stopped running and continue to pursue my running dreams. It has opened up so many doors for me, helped me meet my now husband, and brought me into contact with the most amazing people. God willing I plan to run the rest of my life!
I have a blog I write through active.com's elite tribe. You can find it at: http://pulse.active.com/loisk
I started running about ten years ago after I walked a 5K. My goal was to be able to run the while thing the following year. I did!
When I was younger I was told I would never be a runner due to some hip issues. After three marathons, a 50K, and countless half marathons, 10Ks, 8Ks, and 5Ks I think it is safe to say I proved them wrong!
Running has made me more fit, healthier, a more patient person, and has brought me closer to my family (especially my sister) and even contributed to my recent marriage (met my now-husband through a friend and he was impressed that I was running the next morning).
Running has changed my life and put me on a path that has made me unbelievably happy and it has formed new friendships in my life and strengthened many relationships. I cannot imagine a life without running...even when I am not running!
Hi Jane, Love your blog and love reading anything I can get my hands on that has to do with running. You (and your Mom) are such an inspiration to me! Anyway, I started running about 2 years ago. I am an "older" runner, so I started out mostly walking and eventually added in some running here and there. Well, that was until my first 5k in March last year, oh boy was I hooked! Since then I have participated in several 5k's and two half marathons. I have another half scheduled for September 24 in Nashville. I mostly run now, with a little walking added in here and there :-)
I truly wish I could give ALL of you a free book. Your comments and stories were so inspiring and I am so glad you took the time to share them with me and the readers of this little blog. One thing I can give you, however, are personal comments from Adam and Tim to the stories you have shared. I will post these tomorrow, so please check back for your personal response from Tim and Adam.
Also, I have decided to hold one giveaway per month and I already have next month's giveaway chosen. While probably not as exciting as this first giveaway, I hope all of these giveaways will provide a fun way to win something to improve or enrich your running experience in some way.
Thanks again to all who participated! In the words of Adam and Tim, keep running the edge!