"During my 20s and early 30s, I realized how running made me feel better about myself and helped develop my self-confidence. I signed up for a multitude of races ranging from 5ks to marathons. With the completion of each race and the training that went along with it, I felt stronger physically and mentally. Especially after finishing my first marathon – the Marine Corps – I felt like I could do anything!
“The best part of living an active life is the way I feel. I love feeling strong, confident and capable. And I think that physical activity can do that for a lot of people.”
“If I have a bad day at school it always makes me feel better. Also, we’ve got a really nice group of girls and boys and the coaches are really supportive, too, so I always feel better after being with them. I get a real sense of achievement when I learn new moves or if I’m coaching and I help a younger person learn something. It’s helped a lot with my confidence – I used to be nervous because I thought everyone knew what they were doing and what was happening but now I’m much more confident and happy in myself."
"I've always been really active. I like to work out to feel better about myself...It's all about feeling good about my body and being confident at work." "
"Running helped me lose another 30 pounds [after an initial 60 pounds] but more importantly it helped me find myself. I have become a stronger more confident person, I believe I had both attributes before running, it just helped to bring them out even more."
"I struggled with assertiveness before. Now I've toughened up and learned to own my space. I've embraced the physicality of the sport."