Running Was My Escape: Krystal Hardy
I got into running at a young age, I was about 10. My Dad ran and started running marathons, I used to go watch him run the Chicago Marathon every year and I became motivated around age 15 to start running races. 5K's were my thing. I was fast, I was winning awards. My Dad was proud (it was the only real thing we bonded on besides music). As I got older I started running 8 and 10k's. Then that's where I stopped. I always wanted to run half and full marathons but never thought I could do it. Then I had my daughter in May 2010, and My. Body. Changed.
It was hard for me to deal with, and I suffered from postpartum depression, and had an abusive husband. Running became an escape. I stared training and started running halves. It was the greatest feeling. Now I'm 30, running marathons still, and I'm divorced. Haha! Woo! I'm motivated even more now by you and your spirit!”