Finish Line Friday: A Passionate Example

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Our goal is to help inspire you to keep going, train harder, dig a little deeper and cross the finish line. For this week’s FLF, Callie will be sharing her personal sources of inspiration.

Callie

Callie running

Current Position: Apparel buyer.

Favorite Part of the Job: Watching apparel trends (and trying to be ahead of them)!

Running Background: I grew up skiing and playing soccer, so I ran mostly for conditioning. Unlike most of my teammates, I actually enjoyed (and looked forward to) this aspect of the sport. In high school, I began running so much during the off season, my parents encouraged me to sign up for a couple local races. In college, I was able to take advantage of San Luis Obispo’s year-round moderate temperatures, and began running and completing local races on a more regular basis. I ran throughout both of my pregnancies, and after becoming a mom, running has become something that serves a bigger purpose in my life… giving me some alone time, which re-energizes me for a busy life chasing around my 2 little guys. All in all, I have completed a handful of 5K, 10K, and half marathon races, and most recently, I ran the City to Sea Half Marathon this past October.

Callie and her boysWhat inspires you?
My children are definitely an inspiration to me. I am a strong believer that moms should not give up the things they enjoy doing, just because they have kids. Obviously, this is easier said than done, as raising children takes a lot of time and energy. More often than not, we moms put our own needs last. Part of the reason I make time to run is because I want to be an example to my children, so that they learn the importance of finding and doing things they are passionate about. Although finding the time to train is not always the most conducive to our family’s schedule, I have discovered that running makes me happy (and keeps me sane), which allows me to be a better mom to my boys! :)

What are you training for now, and what do you refuel with post workout?
I plan to run the Scenic Half Marathon in my hometown (Sandpoint, Idaho) next September and possibly the SLO Half Marathon this upcoming Spring. I usually refuel with something like chicken & rice, but nothing beats Burrito Wagon after a long, hard run.

Thanks, Callie!

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