Becoming a member of Stroller Warriors® changed my life in more ways than I ever thought possible. In high school, I was active in sports and running cross-country; however, my running tapered a bit after graduation. I had my first child, our family moved overseas, and soon thereafter my husband deployed. There I was-- alone with a baby in a foreign country. One day, I came across a flyer for Stroller Warriors Lakenheath. I was not sure about running again, but I knew I needed to make some friends. I attended my first Stroller Warriors event and fell in love with the group. At my first workout I was extremely nervous, but these nerves quickly subsided as the members greeted and welcomed me. During the run, one lady ran alongside me through the entire run and continued to boost my confidence by staying by my side. She could have easily left me behind, but instead she stuck with me every step along the way. This Warrior became one of my best friends and I treasure our friendship to this day-- even though we are now thousands of miles apart!
As an active member of Stroller Warriors Lakenheath I fostered the most amazing friendships-- we celebrated birthdays, holidays, countless new babies, and achieved some remarkable mileage goals. Being part of Stroller Warriors helped solidify my motivation to get out and run-- even through the English rain! These fellow Stroller Warriors made running enjoyable and instilled my newfound consistency and a drive that had been missing for some time.
Like all good things, my time with Stroller Warriors Lakenheath ended. Our family PCS’d to a base without a Stroller Warriors Running Club and I found myself struggling to make friends. My heart ached missing my Stroller Warrior running friends at Lakenheath. This is when I decided to make a positive change and open a Stroller Warriors Chapter at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Stroller Warriors Lakenheath undoubtedly helped me through challenging times and my hope is to provide that same light for the members here at McConnell. There was much excitement building on the Stroller Warriors McConnell page as we geared up for our inaugural event on May 20th! It is thrilling to see the excitement from our Warriors as we all make new friends and enjoy some exercise!