This is a hard one for me, because there are so many people in my journey that this embodies. (And enviably, someone is going to get pissed that its not them.) But here goes nothing.
First, there is my friend and co-partner in crime when it comes to First Thursday, the lovely Donna Kalik. I met her early on in my running life. Donna is just one of those people that you always want to be around as she has so much energy and always speaks her truth. There have been a couple events where Donna has been my life saver and we have ended up running together and pushing each other towards the finish. She will freely confess that she will never be the fastest runner on the course, but she is always out there, having fun and pushing herself. Being around here always reminds me that it is fine to be part of the middle of the pack as long as I am out there. She never lets anyone stop her. I am envious, she ran Dublin this year which I stand in awe of. If you ever get to meet Donna, do it.
My other nominee is more of a group of people. Its actually two groups of people.
First off, its the friends that I made last year through being part of the 2014 San Francisco Marathon Ambassadors. These amazing runners all have their own stories, and all in their own way are examples of the #NoExcuses philosophy. These are runners who work hard, take on any challenge that comes their way and take it on with a smile.
And also, my #hostelrunning family. I met these wonderful peeps while staying at the Green Tortoise in San Francisco. Anita, Kirsty, Kelly, Emma and Pascal are some of the most supportive and inspiring friends a girl can have. All of them have a sense of adventure that I find inspiring. They are always out running, and I find their pictures want me to get up and run more. They are all stronger runners then I am but yet, they made me part of their crazy little family (I am not getting lost on the bus in SF ever again thank you very much). They have also been some of the most supportive friends as some of the non-running chaos has gotten in the way of what I have wanted to accomplish. My bucket lists now includes making a jump across the pond so I can run with them again. Seeing their posts, make me more positive.
There ya go. I challenge all to nominate two people who are #noexcuses badasses.