I come from a soccer background and I loved the running. Soccer led to a meniscus injury, which led to biking and I fell in love. I then went back to soccer, which led to two meniscus tears and a detached hamstring injury. No more soccer.

After gaining 30 lbs and feeling a lot of anxiety, I got off the couch and started walking, which bored me, so I started running. After posting my runs on Facebook I was invited to Austin FIT, where much to my surprise, I ran my first 10K this year.

I love the challenge of running and this heat and humidity is definitely a challenge. I got so excited to finish a 10K that I was encouraged by my 10K coach to do a half - so here I am training for a half.

I run to encourage my 3 grand kids to get outdoors and play and it keeps my mind clear. I am encouraged to have fun by my fellow runners which I have to keep in perspective for every run. My biggest cheerleaders are my husband, my son and daughter and of course my Austin FIT family.

Dara, USA FIT Austin
  • Moved to Austin from Cleveland two years ago
  • Started running after college
  • Have ran a few half marathons, but want to finally conquer the full by running the Chicago Marathon
  • Have always been a solo runner, but wanted to join a training group for accountability and to make some friends who love running as much as I do

I have a week of training under my belt now and it has been a great experience so far. Starting out with a placement run on our first Saturday session, I found someone at my pace to run with and ended up in the Orange group! Lucky for me, there is a schedule through Austin FIT exclusively for the Chicago Marathon, so I followed it exactly for my weekday runs. It went well, but I quickly learned I needed to run in the morning (it’s HOT out there!). On our second Saturday run, I woke up bright and early, meeting a few runners who wanted to get an extra mile in before everyone arrived. We ran the boardwalk and saw the Austin skyline lit up in the dark, which was a great way to start my Saturday. From there, I broke off into the Orange group, where I joined two other runners doing a 5 min run/1 min walk interval.

I can see now why people recommend joining training groups like Austin FIT: I have a training schedule for my race, have ran two different routes already, and have shared my training with the friendliest and most welcoming runners. I already feel a part of the Austin FIT family and am excited for the rest of the summer!

Brittany, USA FIT Austin