A new participant with White Bear Lake and Shoreview Moms on the Run, Holly says it took her about three years to work up the courage to join: "I wouldn’t join by myself until I could find someone to do it with me. I needed a lot of hand-holding. It was very scary for me."
That's where Holly's good friend and co-worker Rachael (pictured, above right) came into the picture. The two joined together, unsure of exactly what to expect.
"Holly has completely embraced the ‘Fitness, Fun and Friendship’ motto, says head coach Beth Jensen. “She and Rachael both bring their sparkling personalities to our Learn to Run group. Holly is always up for an extra group run and takes part in our themed classes with flair. It’s not hard to have a blast while being active with Holly and Rachael!"
When she decided to join, Holly says she was realistic about the expectations she placed on herself. Initially, her goal was to get off the couch and move. The only running she’d done before was for gym class. And she admits she hated it.
What’s different today?
"Running is now an addiction," Holly says. “I am healthier, more energetic and much more confident. Now I love to run, except at the beginning of the week. That's when I have to face a new interval challenge.”
In the future, Holly plans to run a marathon. For now, however, she’s going to finish enjoying this year’s accomplishments.
"I love being a part of Moms on the Run," she says. "From the runs to the boot camps, the time spent is filled with a lot of laughs, stories, agony, sometimes even tears, and most of all, friendship. Had I known how much this whole experience would bring me, I wouldn’t have waited."
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