Training Program Testimonials

Fleet Feet Sports Training Programs CAN change your life... but don't take our word on it.  Check out the stories of our participants:

  • Name  Jeff Carter
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life?  

    I started training with Fleet Feet sports 4 years ago.  At that time I could barely run a mile.  One year later after completing the Half Marathon training program I finished my first 13,1 race in Savannah GA.   Over the next 2 years I continued to increase my distances and fitness and took part in several more Half training programs in addition to a full training program in 2013 and 2015 — both culminating in finishing the Cuba Marathon and NYC Marathon twice.  In March of 2015 I started in the Tri 101 program with Mike Huddleston and 3 months later finished my first triathlon at the 36 North event.   I went on to complete several other events that year including my first Olympic distance tri, completing the year with the Beach to Battleship Half Ironman.    The next year I set my sights on a full ironman and finished the Florida Ironman in November of 2016.  
    Fleet Feet changed my life in so many ways and triathlon has given me a family of friends and comrades to challenge me daily.    This year I am taking on the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon, NYC Triathlon, the Louisville Full Ironman and finishing the year with the Otillo based SwimRunNC event at Hanging Rock.   Check out Jeff's experience at Ironman Florida https://youtu.be/cv_YT_1aUms and his blog http://last1sttime.com

  • Name  John Davis
  • Favorite Post Race Food Recovery smoothie
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel Tri Bike
  • Favorite place or time to run? Lunch workout (mainly swimming)
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life? While improving my general fitness (as one would expect), the Fleet Feet training programs have improved my self-confidence and self-esteem. They have also provided me with the confidence that I can attack any challenge, with the proper preparation/training. I have met a wonderful group of supportive friends and best of all, I have met the woman of my dreams. You may not be so lucky but then again, one never knows!
  • Name Jane Lyerly
  • Favorite Post Race Food Cracker Barrel Blueberry Pancakes!!!
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel My favorite handheld water bottle
  • Favorite place or time to run? Spring and fall evenings wherever my friends are running!
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life? Fleet Feet's training programs have proven to be true game changers in my life! I cannot even imagine what my life would look like had I not started the 2010 No Boundaries Fall Training Program at 46 years old! I would not be nearly as healthy (and would weigh a LOT more!), I would not have the sense of accomplishment of running my first 5k, 10k, triathlon, and half marathon, and my life would not be enriched with the beautiful friendships that have grown out of the programs! I also would not have had the privilege of mentoring new runners and triathletes as they begin this beautiful journey! I was so nervous about starting my first No Boundaries because I didn't feel like I fit the 'runner profile'. What a great surprise to find out that runners come in all shapes and sizes, and with a vast array of experiences and goals! I am the person that I am today because of the wonderful experiences, as well as challenges that I have overcome, with the support of Fleet Feet's training programs.
  • Name Lisa Tucker
  • Favorite Post Race Food Pizza
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel Hat
  • Favorite place or time to run? Before sunrise
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life? When I signed up for Fleet Feet’s marathon training program in the summer of 2013, I had never trained with a group. I had only started running a few years before that and had never been into athletics growing up. I was the girl who was afraid of sports, especially ones involving other people. Running was something that changed my life and truly transformed my physical and mental health. I remember showing up to my first Tuesday night training and I was completely terrified. I had only done a handful of races, one of them being a half marathon. I was in the very last group, but there were still people with me. I struggled, but people stayed with me. Over the course of the next few months, I not only developed a new confidence in myself, I also met amazing people who are some of my closest friends today. I never would have been able to complete that first marathon without the support of a truly wonderful running community. The past few years both my husband and I have continued to train with fleet feet. We both became certified mentors this last year as a way to give back and participate in a different way. I was able to mentor for marathon this training this past summer/fall and it was such an incredible experience. Fleet Feet has become so much more than just a training program to me, it is a community of people who I am honored to call my friends. We support each other on tough days, we push each other to be the best we can be, and we celebrate our hard earned accomplishments. 
     
  • Name Adam Nichols
  • Favorite Post Race Food Coconut water and Peanut Butter crackers immediately following a race. Cheeseburger and beer comes later!
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel My hydration belt
  • Favorite place or time to run? I run from the store even on "non-practice" days. It's great having the water fountain and bathrooms there!
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life? When I first started running I only did it to lose weight and be healthier. Well, 4 years, 35 pounds, and a whole new diet later, I'm a multiple marathoner with no desire to stop! I never thought it would've been possible! The feeling of changing yourself and accomplishing a goal that once seemed impossible continues to motivate and inspire me to do better. When I moved to Winston-Salem during the summer of 2015, I knew no one and nothing about this city. Before accepting the job I was offered, I googled "running Winston-Salem," found the FFWS site and training programs and immediately knew that Fleet Feet was going to offer what I was looking for: new friends who also enjoyed running. What I didn't expect was that "the people I run with" would become my family and my support network. The past 6 months have been some of the most personally challenging months of my life, and my running crew is always there to support, encourage, motivate, and inspire me when I feel I had nothing left to give. This program has given me my running partners, training buddies, social circle, closest friends, and not to mention a whole slew of personal records! To say this place and these people have changed my life would be an understatement. I am truly blessed and thankful to have been welcomed in to such an amazing family. 
  • Name Rebecca
  • Favorite Post Race Food Oranges
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel Running shoes
  • Favorite place or time to run? Morning
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life?  The training programs have changed my life tremendously. Before I ever did a training program I was dealing with a lot of stress in my life. My husband had had a major stroke that had turned my life upside down. My husband of 22 years who had always taken care of me and my children had become extremely dependent upon us. Our two incomes had become one and for the first time in my life I had no insurance and did not have a clue how I was going to make ends meet. I was struggling with depression and scared of the future. I did not believe in myself and had no one really to talk to other than my children. I kinda went through each day numb trying to help my husband cope with all the physical challenges he now had and his new future that had completely changed his life. I worked as a medical assistant and one day I had a patient come in and we were talking about how she had just been diagnosed with MS and was told she would probably not be able to walk in 10 years. She went on to say that she had heard about a training program that was put on by Fleet Feet and she was going to do it. I became very inspired by this person and decided to check into it myself. I decided to do it also not really knowing what all it entailed. The first day was very exciting and everyone was so friendly. It looked like we all were feeling a little nervous and excited. We all had the same goal and felt a connection with each other. My life seem to all at once have a purpose. The more I came to the training programs the more I got to know people which turned into friendships. I was doing something for me and I was making awesome friends. This was a time I could leave all my worries behind and just be me. As time went on I kinda became addicted to these programs offered by Fleet Feet. It made me develop confidence in myself and push myself more than I ever thought possible! I went from doing my first 5k to doing a 10k and then a half marathon! My life has changed so much from that first day I decided to sign up with Fleet Feet. It has been such a blessing in my life. I now have the best friends I have ever had and I have joy in my life again. Fleet Feet has changed my like tremendously!!!

  • Name Gary
  • Favorite Post Race Food Beer
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel Portable XM Radio Receiver
  • Favorite place or time to run? Salem Lake
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life? When I turned 50, I knew I was out of shape. I used to be able to run 5Ks and 10Ks, but it had been 5 or 6 years since I last ran that far. I tried to run on my own and could not make it very far without walking. Fleet Feet had a table at Whole Foods with info on their training classes. I signed up for No Boundaries. I remember the first class at Hanes Park. We were split into three groups to run one mile. First group was people who could only walk. Second was for people who can run/walk. Third was for running the whole time. I asked a mentor if I can try running the whole mile and if I couldn't, would it be ok to walk. The mentor, of course, said that was fine. I was able to run the whole mile. In two months, I was able to run St. Leos 5K. I signed up for the 10K class, then, in the fall, the half marathon class. I remember how exciting it was to think about how many miles we ran as we kept increasing the further we got in the class. Also, lost about 35 lbs in the first 3-4 months of training. For the last 6 years, running has been a regular routine in my life. I enjoyed meeting the different people in my groups. I had some groups that met to run on our own on the days we didn't have class. Even shared after running beers and meals with some groups.

  • First Name Kimberly
  • Favorite Post Race Food Smoothie
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel Handheld waterbottle
  • Favorite place or time to run? Anytime it is cool outside
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life? I remember hearing "what used to be used to be". When I thought about it; I used to swim, I used to play volleyball, and I used to make exercise a priority...the NoBo program has changed my "used to bes" to "I ams". I am a runner, I am swimming laps and I am making exercise and my health a priority.
  • Name Jake Boyd
  • Favorite Post Race Food Mich Ultra is a food right?
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel Nike 5" Distance Shorts
  • Favorite place or time to run? 5:30 Thursday mornings from William G. White YMCA
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life?

I started out running just as a de-stresser after work and for general fitness. After joining the Fleet Feet Half Marathon program, I became so much faster that running went from a healthy pastime to a serious competitive pursuit. I was able to make so many friends that I can always find someone to run with so it rarely feels like a chore anymore. Now instead of running being a way to relieve stress from work, work is merely a means to finance my running habit. And the programs must be working because the minutes keep coming off!

  • Name Brian Rudel
  • Favorite Post Race Food Pizza/Gatorade
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel Good shoes
  • Favorite place or time to run? Favorite Place to run - any race;  Favorite Time - Mornings
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life?  About 7 years ago I was standing at the top of a waterslide at Emerald Island, NC. I headed down the slide, a long one, and hit the water. When I hit the water my back reminded me that I wasn't 20 years old anymore. For the next 4 years I battled a bad back, visited many doctors, physical therapists, underwent x-rays, and tried various exercises to relieve the pain. I also tried various pain medications and traveled with a small pillow that I could use when sitting down. Needless to say, it affected my attitude and was truly a pain in the back! And then Fleet Feet entered my life. I accompanied my wife, Sheri, to a Family Night for No Boundaries at Old Salem. I was unaware that I would be running that evening and didn't even have appropriate shoes, I was wearing generic Sperrys, but I ran anyway. Right away, as I began running, I realized that I was in it to win it. I was aware that this was just a family night, but in my mind, that didn't really matter. It was not long after this evening that my boys and I cheered Sheri on as she finished her first 5K race, the HomeRun Fun Run in December of 2011. By this time, I was well aware that I wanted to be a part of this running thing myself. Not long after this, however, my wife's mother became very ill and eventually passed away so we did not do any running, but it was still in the back of my mind. About a year passed and I convinced Sheri to sign up with me for another No Boundaries class. I loved it! Both the competition and doing something together with my wife. I ran my first 5K, the Hospice Hope Run, and even placed 1st in my age bracket. I then signed up for No Boundraies II and ran in more 5K races. As my interest grew, so did my own sons, and they have participated in No Boundaries I and II as well. Somewhere during this process I realized, as did my wife, that my back problems had gone away. I no longer had to take pain medications, no more expensive visits to the physical therapist, no more little round pillow with me everywhere I went, and no more painful, hurting back. I joined the Fleet Feet programs originally as a way to fuel my competitive spirit, but there have been so many great benefits to come from this. First, and probably foremost is the pain-free back I now have. Second is the impact that Fleet Feet has had on my family. First, my wife joins, then myself, and now even my 2 boys join the running programs. It has become a family thing. My oldest, Connor, was mentored by John Ciacca, who encouraged him to join the track team at his high school, and he did. This spring Connor actually beat me in the Hospice Run, which he loved, but I did not. I truly must thank Fleet Feet for offering these programs for people such as myself. I plan on continuing to run, of course, with Fleet Feet's help and guidance!

  • Name Keshia Horn
  • Favorite Post Race Food Eggs or sunflower seed butter with an apple or rice cake
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel Running capris
  • Favorite place or time to run? In the evening
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life?  The Fleet Feet training programs have had an indirect impact on my life until now. At my heaviest I tipped the scale at 303. It was embarrassing and I no longer recognized myself in the mirror. I’ve always struggled with weight but when a trip to the doctor turned into a pre-diabetic screening, I decided to make a change. I simply started by changing what I ate. I lost 40 pounds by just cutting the junk. Then last year I started the Couch to 5k program. Running became my way of dealing with stress. When I met my now boyfriend, he had just signed up for the winter No Boundaries in 2015. His love of running encouraged me to really see what I could do. I began running more often and really concentrated on fueling my body the right way. The Brighter Path 5k this year was my first 5k and now I’m in training with Fleet Feet for my first of many triathlons. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been and I constantly surprise myself. I’ve already decided what programs I’m signing up for next and I’m not even finished with my first one. The people you meet are amazing. Everyone is friendly, supportive, and encouraging. The training, the people, and the feeling you get after a workout, or training session, is addictive in a good way. It makes me want to keep going to build a better me and help others as well. Since my journey to a healthy life began I’ve shed 105 pounds and I’m not stopping there.

  • Name Liz Ashby
  • Favorite Post Race Food  water, water, water - and a cup of hot tea when I finally get to sit down
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel  compression socks!
  • Favorite place or time to run?  in the mornings - in the neighborhood
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life?  I never had a problem with my weight but as I got older, the pounds just seemed to appear. I tried all kinds of quick fixes - both diets and exercise plans but nothing seemed to work for me. Finally, my daughter and I committed to eating "clean" and we started the No Boundaries program - in the winter! I was surprised that I looked forward to the sessions and I couldn't believe that I could actually run in the cold, ice, and snow! I ran a 5K that spring - and have been running ever since. The classes help keep me motivated - there are tons of reasons to miss a training but having that accountability helped me consistently run with the class. Everyone is so encouraging - trainers and participants! I love running with Fleet Feet!
  • Name Kim Cranford
  • Email Address
  • Favorite Post Race Food A small raisin bagel w/ peanut butter.
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel My Moving Comfort sports bra. Cannot do without it!
  • Favorite place or time to run? I like running in the mornings before it gets too hot.
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life? Most of the girls in my office had started running and I was feeling very left out. Running was not something I ever thought I could do. I was 50 yrs old, overweight and somewhat inactive. Sitting with my office mates one day I was asked what would I like to do I had never done before, I busted out crying and said "I want to run!'. My boss, Lee Nunn, signed me up for No boundaries the next day. That was 2 years ago and I am now doing things I never thought I could. I have competed in several 5k's, I joined the Y and do spin class, kettlebells and did a cross fit class and I still run. No boundaries is a great program with great trainers that work with you where you are and helps you get where you want to be!!!!

  • Name Jill Knight
  • Favorite Post Race Food sunbutter sandwich on wheat and cold milk
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel sunglasses
  • Favorite place or time to run? evenings
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life? When I signed up in January 2009 for my first No Boundaries, I was regularly walking and doing some strength training, but had only dabbled in running. I saw the ad for No Boundaries in the newspaper and was inspired to give it a try, even though I had just found out I was pregnant with my third child. During No Bo training, I saw info at Fleet Feet about triathlons. I had no idea what they were, but I was curious. I decided that once my new baby was older, I would like to try a tri! So in the summer of 2011 I did Tri for Women training for the Ramblin' Rose - and was hooked! Over the next few years I proceeded to train for other sprint tris and 2 internationals with Fleet Feet. (mixed in with some occasional 10K and half marathon training) The supportive environment for training at FF is amazing, and the knowledgeable staff are so helpful. As a stay-at-home mom, it is rare for me to feel I accomplish anything. :) It will take months and years of raising my children before I may see any visible results! This training at Fleet Feet helped me to see how much I could accomplish by setting a goal, and working a little each day gradually toward that goal. I am applying this to so many areas of my life! On days when I am discouraged, I remind myself that I went from not running, swimming or biking at all to completing a half marathon and international triathlon. Keeping focused on the end goal and being slow and steady with your efforts each day WILL get you there. THANK YOU, Fleet Feet! I'm more grateful than I can express.
  • Name Monika Star
  • Favorite Post Race Food Bolthouse Farms -Protein Plus coffee
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel my techinical shirt from my no boundaries program
  • Favorite place or time to run? Reynolda Park
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life? I was really seeking a break in my stuck in a rut routine after dealing with some serious life setbacks grieving the loss of two family members, handling the stressors of my husband's cancer diagnosis plus other heavy stuff occurring the past previous months. For some reason I had Fleet Feet Sports front and center in my mind as part of my get back some healing/grounding in my wellness recovery plan. I truly can say it was truly a great positive step and experience in order to me forward. I entered as truly a newbie with the Spring No Boundaries 5K that started April 23rd and ended with the Brighter Path 5K. It was totally out of my comfort zone and I would have not considered myself liking this form of formal running club venture at the start, but just arriving on the 1st meet my opinion changed to a positive one. They welcomed me with open arms and they are so flexible on which specific training level group you feel like walking/or running on coached days. I reaped so many benefits it can be hard to list all of them with participating with this program. The head coach, Stacie Lynn Battjes, is truly stellar with her work she provides. She exceeded well beyond any expectations I had with providing an endless supply of much needed motivational support along with practical beginner running 101 tips plus all of Stacie's "extras". The volunteer coaches also are so dedicated in what they do. On one occasion I had arrived a tad late due to some traffic closures and they had already went 1 lap around the track at Hanes Park. One of the coaches Walker realized that and generously offered to and went out of her way and take an extra lap in order for me to be caught with rest of the team. So those are some examples/ things of the personal/ customized to you perks that they provide. I am so thankful for all of the offerings of the program and highly praise them whenever I discuss about the program.

  • Name Sue
  • Favorite Post Race Food orange slices
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel running gloves
  • Favorite place or time to run? early morning
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life? I did my first training program, for a 5K, at the age of forty-six. I'd been a smoker for twenty-six years, and had never engaged in any real physical activity. Being able to run a 5K seemed unattainable, but I've been running every since that first training program, and am training again for a trail half marathon.
  • Name Peggy Haymes
  • Favorite Post Race Food Chocolate milk
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel My shoes
  • Favorite place or time to run?  Early in the morning through Buena Vista, Wake Forest and Reynolda.
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life?  In 2008 I officially gave up running. Every time I tried I just wound up injured (and had three knee surgeries as a result.) I didn't know what I was doing and so I failed every single time. I finally gave up. In May 2008 I was hit by a car while biking and couldn't walk for five months due to my injuries. One day as I was sitting in my wheelchair I saw something on TV about a 5k race. It looked like fun. I realized that I really wanted to do one. That day, I put running 1 5K and 1 triathlon on my bucket list. I started walking again in November. I started No Boundaries the following January. I did the 5 K and a few months later did a Ramblin' Rose tri, thanks to Fleet Feet training programs. I didn't stop there. I've done multiple 5K races, 10K and half marathons. To date I've completed 7 triathlons. Fleet Feet made it possible for me to succeed as a runner, and so much more. Whether running, biking or swimming, being active is a non-negotiable part of my life. I'm healthier. I deal with stress better. I feel better. Running carried me through losing my mom and caring for my elderly dad in his last years. No matter how hard the day, I always knew I could run and feel better. But wait, there's more! Through training programs I've met a whole community of runners and triathletes. I now have friends I wouldn't have known any other way. Thanks, Fleet Feet, for changing my life.

  • Name Frank Beaty
  • Favorite Post Race Food Beer and an enchilada
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel Vaseline. I love my UD race vest, and Brooks Ghost and NB Leadville shoes are good, but thank God for vaseline!
  • Favorite place or time to run? a pretty trail
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life? When I stumbled into Fleet Feet Winston Salem, I was making a fresh start. The stresses of the past years had deprived me of the activities I loved and replaced them with many more pounds. I used to be fit enough to pick up and do whatever and had such a blast doing that. I really needed to find that again for my health, my happiness, and for those around me. I needed a challenge. I picked running because I sucked at it. Always had. I picked an 11-13 mile distance because it was possible, but would require serious work to get there. And, after trying on my own for a couple months, I found I also needed help. On a lark, I tried fleet feet’s half marathon training program and it made far more of a difference then I could have hoped. I knew nothing about pacing, or the speed I could run and maintain. I found a group in my pace that taught me what it meant, but also just let me do it. I knew nothing about form, and I learned what was good form and why. I can count the injuries I have had through the years of running since on a single finger, and that was a terrain thing. I learned the impact of running on my diet and my diet’s impact on running. I learned about nutrition and hydration on the run. I learned about equipment, and how proper selections can really help as the distance grows longer. And I learned how to train much better. Not just doing the same thing again and again with hope that one day it would slowly improve, but training with strategy and intention where I did not have to hope things improved – I could see and feel them happening. I wanted to build up to be reasonably fit and to run a half marathon. What I came away with was much more. 4 months after that first half marathon, I ran my first full marathon. 3 months after that, I ran my first ultra marathon. That pick up and do anything fitness? Did a half ironman triathlon the next year in a bit over 6 hours with no training and a commuter bike. My current personal goals are to run a marathon or longer in each of the 50 states, of which I am on track to hit a double digit state count by the end of the year, and to run my first 100 miler. Through the training programs, I have not only learned and grown so much in running and fitness, but I have been able to do so in a wonderful community of supportive friends and athletes that continues to grow. Personally for it all, I am a healthier person, a happier person, a better friend, and my world has grown so much. I never imagined that the simple “what the heck” decision would take me so far, but I am deeply thankful.

  • Name  Scott Gryder
  • Favorite Post Race Food Chocolate Milk
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel Garmin
  • Favorite place or time to run? Early mornings in downtown Winston-Salem.
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life? Running in general, and the Fleet Feet training in specific has changed my life in both expected and unexpected ways. I expected to get more fit and healthy. I expected to feel healthier. I even expected to race faster. Check, check & check! The things I got that I had not expected have been more profound. I'm a happier person today. Part of it is endorphins, and part of it is from the rich relationships that have grown out of the training groups. And then there is the life altering realization that things I never thought possible are possible. What started as surprising myself in what I was able to accomplish in distance running, has carried over to a new outlook on what I can accomplish in other areas of my life. Running has been a great gift from God, and God used my coaches, mentors and training friends to deliver that gift.

  • Name  ElizabetRivera
  • Favorite Post Race Food Orange
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel Mizuno running shoes
  • Favorite place or time to run? any place is good needs to be at 5:00 - 5:30
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life? I've been diagnosed with Thyroid cancer time ago and before start the program my energy levels were so low, the main reason to started the program was my 3 boys. My older Son encourage me to do my first 5K getting to the finish line was like a big step for a different vision of happiness..... my energy now since I start the FF program is amazing. I still with health issues but I am more happy now. running change everything. I can wake up at 4:30 am and get ready for my Early morning Run with the best people that i meet at FF. My Dr. said to me that my lungs and heart are 100% healthy.... that means RUN is = long life and happy life.

  • Name Leslie Mahon
  • Favorite Post Race Food pizza or burgers
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel bike
  • Favorite place or time to run? early morning
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life? I used to hate running! I was always one of the slowest runners in school. I was always out of breath and it just seemed too hard, so I would just give up. If you had asked me 5 years ago if I would consider running for exercise, I would say absolutely not! I would have probably rather go in for a root canal, than go for a run! Now, I love it! I plan my days around it! I read articles about running and triathlon. My Facebook "likes" are a who's who for running and triathlon. My husband might say, it's a little obsessive. I have become a completely different person! I started out several years ago with the Couch to 5K with Fleet Feet. I signed up by myself and didn't know anyone. I met Kim Higgins, who was my Mentor. To this day, we keep in touch and I consider her the friend who kept me going! I can remember her saying, "Just keep shuffling". That gets me through tough runs today. Now, I am running several times a week. I am not the fastest runner by any means, but I get it done. I know I will never be on the podium of a race, and I'm fine with that. I would like to get faster, but I'm good with being in the back. I'm doing it and that's what matters! Now, I have incorporated triathlons into my new active lifestyle over the past few years. I have met so many people and made so many friends, it has changed my life! I am happier and healthier than I have ever been and I am loving it! I never ever dreamed that I would have started running in my late 30s, and now at age 44, running the occasional half marathon and a few triathlons to boot! I feel like I'm just getting started and I have so many things to look forward to! I even have a few races up my sleeve that I am aiming to do. Nothing like setting goals!
  • Name Wanda
  • Favorite Post Race Food anything with peanut butter
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel watch and of course cute socks!
  • Favorite place or time to run? Buena Vista-anytime with training group or my daughter
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life?  My first training group was the 2010 Mistletoe half-marathon. I had always been amazed by long distance runners, so my daughter signed me up. I was VERY nervous and unsure I would be able to complete the program. I DID!! Then signed up for the very next half marathon training for the Wrightsville Beach half to be held 3 1/2 months later. I was hooked! In 2012 I completed the marathon training course with Fleet Feet and ran the Savannah Marathon. I cannot image ever being able to accomplish those things without the training and encouragement of Stacey and the other participants. I met some wonderful people in the training groups and love seeing them at other races and around town doing what we love-running!! By the way, I was 58 years old when I completed my first marathon. Thank you Fleet Feet for helping me realize a dream/awesome accomplishment!!
  • Name Terri Springer
  • Favorite Post Race Food Just my regular diet
  • Favorite Piece of Training Equipment or Apparel Shorts with the liner and zipper pocket in the waistband
  • Favorite place or time to run? MORNING! Anywhere outside
  • How have training programs and running/walking/triathlon changed your life? I had never run in my life and didn't know it was possible. I now have a new empowered perspective that spills over into all areas of my life.

 

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