She RULES because:
As a fitness instructor, mom, runner and founder of the non-profit Shine Fertility (a charity partner of the SHE Rocks Virtual Run), Katie O’Connor is a woman who wears many “flowers” all woven with passion, purpose and perseverance.
She rules because she never gives up in running or in life. After struggling with infertility, she underwent treatments to hopefully fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, knowingly giving up the one thing that kept her grounded, her love of running. Instead she turned to walking and focused her energy on bringing a new life into the world, knowing one day she could return to running.
In the process she discovered training for a marathon and preparing her body for IVF were ironically similar challenges. Both require dedication to the process, time and careful preparation to ensure you are mentally and physically ready for the big day (the race for the marathon vs. the retrieval and transfer surgery for IVF). Each process and challenge takes you months to prepare for.