"The secret to success is showing up. When you show up, things happen. When you don't show up, nothing happens."
- Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry
Congratulations to Waconia Moms on the Run participant Peppi, our June 2016 KIND Most Inspiring Mom! Peppi knows exactly what can happen when you choose to show up. She rarely missed a class during her first MOTR season in 2015, and that commitment has paid incredible dividends.
This past May, at the age of 50, she conquered her first half, the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon. Not bad for someone who first notched a 5K just last year. Her new goal? To complete a 5K with a sub-9:00-minute mile average pace.
"Peppi is goal-focused and committed, working hard to push herself every class while encouraging others along the way," says Waconia MOTR head coach Deb Lensing. "She’s a strong role model because she is humble and has a modest demeanor."
But fitness goals and races didn’t always come easily for Peppi. She admits that for her very first race, she purposely signed up for a small 5K that was an hour away: "I didn’t want to be seen running by anyone I knew, thinking I'd be too embarrassed."
But not anymore. "MOTR, my coaches, family and teammates have wiped that idea completely out of my head," Peppi says. "No more treadmill. Now I run events all over the Twin Cities!"
She credits her coaches and teammates for helping her to make that huge mental shift. "Waconia Moms on the Run is a fabulous group of women! I look forward to every time we run together, having fun, enjoying the elements and urging each other on to run. I learn so much from my coaches and running mates every time I go, and I don't want to miss anything."
Way to show up, Peppi!
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