I am a former swimmer who spent essentially the first 22 years of my life in the water. After college, I literally was water-logged and was determined to find something that kept me active on land. Running seemed the most logical - I think the endless miles of solitude one experiences while training as a swimmer easily transferred to running. What I love about running is that I can lose myself to the rhythmic beat of my feet pounding the pavement, and I get the opportunity to selfishly lose myself in the quiet moment of a run (having only myself and my thoughts to contend with). I took a hiatus from running in 2008 with the birth of our first daughter…and then came our second daughter in 2010. Between juggling being a wife, a mom, a friend and an attorney, I put running on the backburner in pursuit of “work-life balance”. As I approached the big 4-0, I re-evaluated my daily existence and re-prioritized running back into my schedule. And, I think I am a better wife, mom, friend and attorney because of it.
Why I want to run Every Yard for Yeardley?: As a mother of two young girls, I can only hope they embrace the four qualities Yeardley exemplified: service, kindness, humility and sportsmanship. Additionally, as they mature and navigate their own intimate relationships, I want them to be armed with the tools to recognize the signs of relationship violence for themselves and others. I want them to have a future that has been robbed from Yeardley and so many other countless victims. One Love Foundation’s work to raise awareness and educate others about relationship violence hopefully will help mitigate the prevalence of this danger for my girls and for others.