“I think it [quitting smoking] was the physical activity. It happens organically. By week five, we’re expected to set a date for quitting. I still smoked at the beginning but the time between running and having a cigarette got longer and longer. You feel good so you don’t think about having a cigarette, so that helped.”
“After the [Boston Marathon] bombing, I was struggling with extreme anxiety and running calmed me down. It made me feel functional instead of disabled. It changed my mind as much as my body...
"Being healthy and in good shape became of utmost importance to me. How I really changed was when I broke my foot. The first thought that crossed my mind was "how will I exercise?" An operation later, I found myself taking membership of a club only because of its swimming pool; 6 weeks of rehab later, I found my way back to weights and cardio. I became a 5k runner after that injury. When I was 38, I got pregnant. From a happy weight of 52 kg, I was up to 74 kg at the time of delivery. Six months later, I got back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I ran 2 half marathons.