Crystal Broxson - Jacksonville, FL
After becoming a new mom and a stay-at-home mom, I realized I missed the
&#quotachievement&#quot atmosphere of the work place and that push toward various
goals. Although I am so blessed and thankful to be able to stay home with my daughter, I was
used to working my way up the corporate ladder, or pushing for the next pay raise. Plus, I was
dealing with a little postpartum anxiety. I was worrying about everything!
My cousin and close friend, Shannon Michaelis, encouraged me to go get on my treadmill and
just walk. She told me I should try to walk for at least 20 minutes a day. I ended up running a
mile! That was the beginning of my training for the Gate River Run.
Having grown up as a cheerleader and a dancer, I had endurance back then. Yet, it was not
the kind of endurance it takes to run the Gate River Run. This was a new challenge, a new goal.
It was something I had always thought about doing, but never attempted for fear of failure.
I started running about a mile, four times a week. Then, I followed the novice program in
the Florida Times Union and Hal Higdon's suggested program for the 12 weeks leading up to the
event. It was not without a lot of aches, pains and grumpiness. (God bless my husband for being
such a trooper!)
The day of the race was wonderful. A little warm for the type of weather I trained in;
however, I was so inspired by everyone, I did not really notice the heat. I felt myself smiling
almost the entire time. It was great hearing the cheers, getting Popsicles from our First Coast
neighbors (cooled off by their water hoses, too), and having the support of my family. Through
it all, I accomplished my goal. I got over my fear of failure, managed to gain
&#quotachievement&#quot and found my stress reliever. What is the date for next
Crystal is the principal at C.M.B. Public Relations providing community relations,
writing, brand development, media relations, and event and campaign management.