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Ambassador Spotlight: Amanda Buchberger

Running has led me to change not only my outward appearance but also my attitude of life. I have never enjoyed looking at the world and exploring new places until I discovered running. It has been a magical adventure to say the least! In 2015, I set out to do one race every month. I started with 5Ks, then I really pushed myself and worked my way up quickly to half marathons! I even ran a marathon-- whoop whoop!! But I distinctly remember my June race, Her Madison Half Marathon. I was nervous! I had run at least 2 half marathons before this, but my body just felt tired. I kept telling myself that I couldn’t do it…I wasn’t strong enough…I wasn’t good enough. All those fears changed from the moment I started the race. From start to finish, someone was cheering me on, runners and spectators alike! It was like we were a team, and we were all going to make it together! I remember strangers cheering me on, chatting with other runners telling each other “don’t give up”. I pushed on because I wasn’t going to let myself give up. I remember crossing the finish line and thinking, “See, you did it! You are strong enough. You are good enough!” The Her Madison Half Marathon and 5K gives that feeling to every single woman who participates. When I couldn’t run in 2016, I volunteered at the finish line. I could see the feeling of accomplishment in [...]

By | February 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ambassador Spotlight: Amanda Buchberger

Ambassador Spotlight: Glorisa Reason

When I first started running (in 2011), I found that it brought out so many emotions that I didn't even know I had. Even through the huffing and puffing I was amazed every time I laced up and walked out the door because I was doing something I never thought I would. It instilled a new confidence, a newfound freedom, and helped me to learn to truly believe in myself again. I had completed numerous races going into Her half in 2016. However, I was coming off two years of significant injuries as well as shoulder surgery that previous November. Oh and the WORST race of my life was just two months prior. I was a mess to say the least. I lost a lot of those warm fuzzy feelings over the two years of setbacks, but Her Madison helped me find hope again. It helped me believe that even in our toughest times we can begin again – and we can finish strong! This race is nothing short of amazing. The cocktail party, the expo, the gear, the wonderful staff, the organization, I could go on and on, but I have to talk about the finish line. As someone who loves music when I run, I always crank it up as I enter the finishers chute and rock out to whatever strategically placed song I have on my playlist. Her Madison was different. For the first time ever, I removed my headphones because I could literally hear the [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ambassador Spotlight: Glorisa Reason