Before running my first race, it was hard for me to imagine running 13 miles, especially after the holidays had left me out of shape and very unmotivated. That’s when I turned to Avery! While I am an avid runner, I had never ran a half before and was the most out of shape I had been in a while. Avery made a fitness plan that pushed me (aka got me out of bed at 7 am) but that was doable for the current state my fitness level was at. After a few weeks, I felt back in my groove and was getting excited. What I loved most about working with her though was that while she remained professional and really kicked my butt she felt like a friend, which in return made me not want to let her down! My initial nerves about the race were that by the time it came around I would not feel ready, but boy was it the opposite! Not only was I beyond ready but I was antsy for the race day because I was so excited. The 13 miles were a breeze and crossing the finish line was one of the most fulfilling feelings but the best part was that I trained so hard that my body felt totally normal the next day. I can’t wait to run my second one this fall, and then take on that full marathon in the near future!