Heather & Holland

Hi I am Heather- Holland’s Aunt.

I am not going to sugarcoat this- I am still developing “the LOVE” for running. I have been active with sports my entire life. Playing basketball in college meant constant conditioning and of course boat loads of running. I could actually say I despised running. There was no love/hate relationship- It was strictly the latter. As I have gotten older, of course, as we all all know our bodies change. Pounds don’t disappear as quickly as they used to and “staying fit” is a complete lifestyle not a quick diet or occasional workout. In the spring of 2012 I had gained more weight than I wanted, I was buying clothes in sizes that I would never have dreamed of, and was truly unhappy with me. I knew it was time to make a change. I started with total change in diet/nutrition + a variety of workouts some of which including “wogging” (mix of walking & running).

By the time 2013 rolled around I had incorporated more miles on the pavement- now with more running/jogging and no walking. I completed my first ever race in March 2013 and two more in October & November. Not to see where I could place, not to beat the person next to me, but to simply compete against myself and finish. Runkeeper turned into a good friend of mine. I liked tracking. I liked trying to better my time. By the end of 2013, I had completed near 150 miles. Most of these after finding out that my niece would be born with down syndrome.

I would absolutely admit that my miles are not just for me. They are also for Holland. Of course I want to be healthy but I also want to show my commitment , love, dedication with miles for my sweet Holland. I don’t get to see her near as often as I would like so instead I connect through hitting the pavement. There are days that I do not want to get out there- that inner battle kicks in. Then I remember that adorable face that I simply cannot get enough of.

As I am continuing my journey to a healthier me- I run more miles that I ever imagined I would. In fact -115 miles in the last 3 months. Running has become such a routine for me I feel strange if I don’t run. Everyday is not always easy. Some days are easier than others. Does it get easier? Absolutely. I even ran my longest distance this month. Will there be days you don’t want to? Sure. But, I have never regretted a run once I had completed it. Hang in there. Lace up your shoes. It is never too late to start. Looking forward to meeting you at The Run for Holland. Coming together for this brilliant cause truly makes my heart happy.

~Heather Burleson~


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Welcome to the Run For Holland 5K for Down syndrome awareness! Presented by Run For Holland Foundation.

Thank you! On behalf of the Run For Holland Foundation and the Run For Holland board of directors, thank you. Thank you for all the support, love, and encouragement that has been given to us through planning this fantastic race. It is our hope that with you all we can grow this event into more than just a 5K and 10K race that happens once a year. We want the Run For Holland idea to spread through our community like wildfire and give families and individuals the love and support they deserve.

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If you have any questions about how to register, volunteering or any other questions, please contact Race Organizer...Adam Burleson.

Phone:    (828) 385-2341
Email:    burleson.adam@gmail.com
Race Location: Riverside Park 200 E Tappan St Spruce Pine , NC 28777

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