Sole Sister Story: In 4th Grade She Knew What at Age 40 She’d Realize… She IS a Runner.

Brenda Demeuse
Brenda Demeuse – Wisconsin

I am a mother of 3 girls, 11, 7 and 5. Between working a full-time job, taking care of our 3 children and juggling everything in between, my schedule gets pretty grueling. My day starts at 4:00 a.m. and some nights I don’t sit down until 8:00 p.m.

Sitting at a desk job all day is no good for you, add to that a 45 minute commute to and from work and I found myself with neck pain and feeling sluggish all the time. After many chiropractor visits, (to correct my neck and shoulder issues), I decided I was not going to waste my life away at a computer.

I started doing yoga. It was my escape. My core got stronger and my flexibility improved. Slowly the chiropractor visits became far and few between. Then, I started thinking about running again. I used to run when I was much younger – before I got married and had children. I did it just because it felt good. However, I’m much older now… and with a lot more on my plate… where on earth would I find the time?

I mentioned it to a few people and they told me I should do a 5k.

Are you CRAZY??? I can’t run to the end of my driveway. There is NO WAY.

I got brave and signed up for a 5k last fall. I had my doubts I would reach my training goal and be ready for it. Race day finally came [a couple months later] and it was like someone lit a fire inside me. I finished the race and it felt GREAT!

After finishing that 5k, I decided when I turned 40 [the following year] I was going to run a half marathon. And I wanted to run it in Yellowstone. My husband looked at me like I was crazy. I don’t think he thought I was serious ‘til I was out doing the mileage in a brutal Wisconsin winter. I was that crazy girl running in the rain, snow and wind chills. Every day I had doubts – that’s a lot of miles for a 40 year old working mother of 3 who rarely has free time during the day.

In the Spring of 2014, I decided I would run a race closer to home first just to make sure I could do the mileage before I flew across the country to run. I continued to have doubts – then fear set in.

Two months before my first race, while cleaning the attic, I came across a book I made when I was in 4th grade: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I wrote, “A runner.” That was enough to inspire me. I stuck to the schedule and after my final training run was proud I even found the time in my busy life to complete half marathon training.

With my husband and daughters watching, I finished my first half marathon in May of this year. In June I ran my second race, the Yellowstone Half Marathon. What an emotional moment to achieve something I never thought I could do in an amazing place. It was an amazing and freeing and I would say life-changing experience to conquer my fear and achieve my goal.

After seeing me run, my girls have started running and want to try a 5k. I now have a full marathon in my sights for Spring 2015. 26.2 miles scares the heck out of me but it’s in my head now, I have to do it! I’ve learned I am much stronger than I realize, I can really do it.

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Brenda – Sister, what a journey! Kudos to you for bagging two half marathons earlier this year. (Including the infamous Yellowstone!) All of us at Sole Revolution Headquarters look forward to cheering you on to 26.2. Onward! xo

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