The folks over at SPARTAN RACE – voted the #1 Obstacle Race by the readers of Outside Magazine – were kind enough to give away a free 2013-2014 race entry to one of my kick-ass readers! Entering was simple – just submit your story on Facebook… The winner? 30-something Runner, Wife, and Mom of 2 – Trinity Barnosky – of Rochester, New York! Below is her inspirational Parent Athlete story along with some awesome comments… Congrats, Trinity!
TRINITY’S “PARENT ATHLETE” STORY:
“For most of my life, I have never been very athletic. Once I reached my thirties and had just had my second child, I needed a change. My metabolism had slowed greatly, I was exhausted all of the time, and I desperately needed some time to myself. I found that running was the perfect solution. I started the Couch-to-5k program about 6 months after my daughter was born. Nine weeks later, I ran my first 5k and I was hooked. I used the time I spent running to get some needed solitude, reflect, and unwind. And, I have found that registering for upcoming races keeps my motivation up as I am always ‘training’ for something. Once I realized that running is really more of a mental task than a physical one, the mind-over-matter philosophy started spilling over into everything I do. Shortly after completing that first 5k, I made the decision to return to college.
It has been about three years since I started running and I can say, without a doubt, it has changed my life. My children are now 3 and 5. I have just completed my second year at RIT, and I recently ran my first half marathon. I love the lessons my children learn from seeing me run. Watching me run races has showed them that you can do anything you set your mind to, that being active is fun, and, I think most importantly, that winning isn’t everything. I will probably never win any of the races I compete in; I do it because I love to run. I am always looking for a new challenge. I have completed one 5k obstacle race and recently started trail running. The Spartan Race is next on my ‘to do’ list. I would love to win an entry, and look forward to conquering it next year!”
“Can’t say enough about how proud I am of you! You’re not only a great mom, an exceptional student, and an inspiring athlete, you somehow do it all without the time to do a single one of them. I have no doubt you will conquer Spartan as you have every other challenge you’ve taken on.”
“You truly are an inspiration Trin! I don’t know how you do it.”
“You were my inspiration to start running and I am so thankful! You totally rock!!!”
“You’re an inspirational runner, Mom and person, Trin!! Good luck winning!!”
“You’re an awesome Woman,Trinity!”
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