I ran the NYC Marathon as a 40th b-day present!

Have you met PAM Advisory Team member Lisa Druxman?  Lisa has been a PAM advisor since the beginning and has come to EVERY launch event!  She is the founder and mastermind behind Strollerstrides and Fit for Baby, a wonderful exercise program for pregnant women and new mom’s that inspires self care.  It is also a wonderful community for mom’s that offer mompreneur opportunities.  Check it out.

 

Here Lisa shares her recent experiences in running the New York City marathon.  What a role model!

“It’s hard to believe that three weeks have gone by since running the New York Marathon. You train for months and months and it is over in a handful of hours. For those of you who don’t know, the NY Marathon was on my bucket list. It was one of those things that I wanted to do, and I wanted to do it to commemorate my 40th birthday. It was a wonderful, amazing, powerful and moving experience.  I was surrounded by 45,000 others who set this goal and went through the sacrifices to fulfill it. Looking around, I did not see elite athletes (let’s face it, they were far ahead of us). I saw men and women, young and old. I saw racers in wheel chairs and those who were blind and had guides to get them through 26.2 miles. I saw walkers and weekend warriors. I saw first time marathoners like myself, and those who proudly boasted running dozens. Even if you are not a runner, I encourage you to find something that challenges you and even scares you, and then set out to do it. The race is over but the memory will last a lifetime. The pain is temporary, but the pride is forever. Most importantly, I will remember that I didn’t give up and that the longest journey starts with just one small step.”

“I ran that race purposefully as I hope to live my life. I was present and wasn’t rushing it to be over. I paid attention to the sights, sounds and smells. I appreciated the effort of those around me and encouraged those who needed encouraging. I respected my body and appreciated that I wasn’t sick and I wasn’t injured, and that it wasn’t raining. I tried to appreciate the smallest thing like that my shoes stayed tied and that my bathroom needs weren’t an issue. I kept saying to myself, ‘I’m running because I can”. I won’t always be able to. But while I can, I will.’   What can you do? Are you doing it? Don’t waste your body, your potential, your opportunity. Each day, celebrate what you can do. And then, actually do it!”

Lisa Druxman is the Founder of Strollerstrides

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