She RULES because:
Anne Tully is a super stay-at-home mom of four kids ages 8, 6, 3 and 1 in Madison, WI. Running is (obviously!) what she does to stay sane and balanced.
She RULES because despite a hectic schedule and four kiddos, she continues to make running a priority because she knows taking time for herself to run makes her a better wife and mother.
Anne became involved with Fellow Flowers when Mel (co-founder of Fellow Flowers) moved in next door to her a year before she and Tori started the women’s running movement.
“I remember the first run of flowers and statements cards came three days before a race I was running. Mel gave me one of each flower and I wasn’t sure which one I’d wear until that morning, when I finally decided to to go with orange, “fiercely united”. During the race other runners kept asking me about my flower and I told them how my friend and neighbor was starting a women’s running movement, and the rest is history. I’ve been wearing a flower ever since!”
She ROCKS because:
Not only does Anne hit the pavement every morning and train like no other, she’s also kicking butt out there. In fact, in between having her third and fourth child she won a marathon in her hometown of Madison, WI. But that’s not all, she’s also won a 20 mile race and accomplished a PR of 3 hours 15 minutes in a marathon four months after having a baby. Anne is currently training for another marathon this June and her goal is to finish in under three hours – GO ANNE GO!
She RUNS because:
She RUNS because it’s her one “me” time, a time where she can accomplish something for herself, something that isn’t tied to her children.
Like many people, I started running in college to stay in shape and get a workout in.
“But deep down I always knew I would want to run a marathon one day, it was one of those far off bucket list items.”
Her college offered a two credit course on running a marathon so she thought why not take it and see what she could learn to help prep her for that bucket list “one day” accomplishment. Unfortunately, the class was completely full. She begged the professor and he told her to come to class anyways because inevitably people drop out and when they do she can take one of their spots.
“I showed up to class and little did I know, after begging to get in mind you, that in order to pass you had to actually complete a marathon! I almost panicked. I had packed in 18 credits that semester but I had just begged the professor to let me in the class and I felt like there was no turning back!”
Anne passed the class and checked her first marathon off her bucket list. It was then that she learned just how important it was to make time for herself to run. Running was her outlet and her way of staying balanced. Running was much bigger than just staying in physical shape. From then on running has held a special place in Anne’s life.
This Mother’s Day Anne will be joining hundreds of other women across the country in the Fellow Flowers SHE Rocks Virtual Run and is looking forward to celebrating every woman’s unique journey.
“I’m running the SHE Rocks Virtual Run because I believe there is a special and unique camaraderie among all women runners, no matter if it’s your first race or your umpteenth marathon. As women we have a special bond and it’s important that we all embrace and uplift each other because just as the orange flower denotes, we all truly are fiercely united.”
Amidst the chaos that is life how do you stay balanced? Why do you plan on running the SHE Rocks Virtual Run this Mother’s Day? Share with us in the comments!