Honored, Humbled, Happy

Honored, Humbled, Happy

“The true essence of running is that it’s a passageway to another world. When transported to that other world, everything seems possible, and when you believe that you can achieve anything, you will.”

I first experienced that “other world” shortly after the birth of my third son. New in the Valley and eager to make friends, I joined one group after another.

Running was the one that stuck.

Along with becoming my preferred social activity, hitting the pavement taught me to believe in myself and encouraged me to dream bigger.

Running became my passion. The running community became my second family.

I’ve learned that runners all have one thing in common. We set a goal, fix our eyes on the finish line and run, walk or crawl until we reach our destination.

But the beauty of running is that, though it’s an individual sport, none of us could do it alone. We challenge, support and cheer one another on. We share the same goals: train, improve , achieve… then repeat.

We are all fueled by the same passion. We wake up each morning, excited to train, to achieve and to inspire. We climb out of bed each morning determined to do better, to be better.

And because we believe that we can achieve absolutely anything, we do.

I was honored and humbled to be inducted into the Arizona Runners Hall of Fame. Thank you so much to Art Mollen, the 3TV Half Marathon, and everyone involved with this award. Thank you to the local running community and everyone who has supported me on my journey!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

SL

Susan Arizona Runners Hall of Fame vertical

Accepting my award, joined by my newest little fan–my granddaughter!