I run for two reasons. I run to stay healthy and to support my niece, Holland.
I started running in high school after I quit football because I needed to lose some unnecessary weight. It started as a love/hate relationship but blossomed into a daily habit and something I can’t live without. The hardest part about running is putting your shoes and shorts on and getting out the door. I love the feeling of a run and the satisfaction of a completed run. I feel healthy, happy and whole when I run or ride my bike and that is why I do it day in and day out.
I also run for my niece. Her name is Holland and she is the cutest thing since sliced bread. From the moment I found out she would be born with down syndrome my big brother shield came up and I felt like I needed to protect her, shield her from people or hide her away. But that thought quickly turned to the opposite. I want to show her off, show off a video of her to a stranger, share her story and help others realize that being born with down syndrome doesn’t signal ‘the end’…it means the beginning of something even better.