I was a nervous wreck before attending my first Stroller Warriors meet-up, but thankfully I was met by some of the most amazing, encouraging, and supportive women I had ever encountered. I looked forward to going twice a week and started running on my own. A year later, and I had completed multiple 5Ks, 10Ks, and was training for a half marathon. I had fallen in love with running because of the support I had received. I was the happiest I had been in a long time and in the best shape of my life.
Then, with virtually no warning, I started to not feel well. I was shocked to be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I felt my running days- and in some aspects my life- were over. Fast forward a couple of years— we were living in Illinois and I had just had my second child, COVID was in full swing, I had gained a lot of weight, and I was just sitting on the couch. I was depressed and lonely again, when I saw an advertisement for the upcoming C25K program for Stroller Warriors Scott. Could I run with diabetes? Did I even want to? Well, once again, I was desperate enough to try. And once again, I was met with another group of amazing, supportive, encouraging ladies. Once again, I fell in love with running.
When my husband told me we were moving to Texas, the first thing I did was look to see if they had a Stroller Warriors chapter. And praise God, up popped Stroller Warriors Lackland! Once again, they have encouraged and supported me. And today, I finally checked a half marathon off my bucket list.