When we were planning the SHE Rocks Virtual Run on Mother’s Day, our biggest internal challenge/struggle was to make sure the virtual run was inclusive of every SHE, because regardless of whether or not you’re a mother, every woman has an immense capacity to love and care for others, be that their own child, niece or nephew, students, beloved animal, community or others. The SHE Rocks Virtual Run is all about celebrating every woman, every type of mother and the unique capacity every woman has to love. Therefore, we thought in true SHE fashion, why wouldn’t we give all of our lovely participants the opportunity to spread that love even further and touch others in the process.
We are still in complete shock, awe and pure bliss to have been featured on the TODAY Show. We’re still sort of pinching ourselves – did that really just happen? Talk about a dream come true. More than anything, the opportunity to share the Fellow Flowers movement with women across the country has been both an honor and a true blessing. A big thank you and shout out to our Fellow Flowers community for making this a reality and for your continued support, passion and drive. We wake up every morning, motivated to make a difference because each of you has touched us profoundly and we know this is what we were meant to do. And to all of you who have decided to join the Fellow Flowers movement after the TODAY Show aired, welcome! We are so honored and excited to be part of your journey!
If you missed the TODAY Show segment or just want to watch it again, click on the image below or here to view it on Today.com.
What better way to honor and celebrate the amazing women in our lives who inspire us, motivate us and are us than with some miles on the pavement. That’s why we’re excited to host our first ever virtual run, the SHE Rocks 5/10/15K Virtual Run taking place on Mother’s Day (5/10/15), because it’s all about the SHE…who inspires, loves, leads, gives, and ROCKS.
Written by Turquoise Fellow Flower, Kimberly Wilderspin, Cedarville, MI
I never imagined I would run a marathon. Then again, I never imagined I would get a divorce. In my case, the timing of these two events were synchronous with each other. I had started running 3 years ago (2012), running my first 5K with a group of co-workers—incredible women—I was instantly hooked.
Learning About Myself and Committing to 26.2
I didn’t venture too much out of my comfort zone that year, mainly sticking with 5K races. The following season, in 2013, I decided to branch out a little. I pushed myself a little further, learned about myself in the process of self-determination and inner strength. It was that year I accomplished my first 10K and first half marathon. Still, running a marathon seemed unattainable to me. How any one person could run 26.2 miles in a single trek was beyond me. That was until a friend of mine, a fellow runner, planted the seed in my mind of us running the Detroit Marathon in 2014.
Fear and doubt has a way of creeping in and keeping oneself from accomplishing goals. I pushed those emotions aside as I hopped online at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, officially registering for my first marathon. I knew as soon as I registered, I knew what color flower I would be proudly displaying in my hair that October day—Turquoise—Believe. In that moment, I truly believed in me.
Written by Fellow Flower, Lori Haldeman, Janesville, WI
Perfect Timing for a Challenge
I was diagnosed with Lymphoma- Stage 4 in June 2013 and had completed 5 rounds of chemotherapy. When I first saw the challenge posted, I was doing my maintenance treatments. I was intermittently running—with little purpose—just to get out for stress relief and for the health benefits. I’ve been a runner for about 7 years and always ran with a purpose, but at this particular moment in my life I felt very unorganized in all sorts of ways.
Declare It Day gave me a definitive challenge. To make a commitment! To run with purpose! To hold myself accountable! To let everyone know that I had a goal!
Written by Green Fellow Flower, Jennifer Gard, Rockford, MI
I was fortunate to discover Fellow Flowers in August 2012. I can honestly say that it has taken my running to another level!
My Declare It Day (DID) 2014 goals were:
1. Run with a friend and first time marathon runner for a sub 4:00 hour marathon time—achieved!
2. Run a half marathon in 1:45, which scared me more than any other running goal I’d ever said out loud! This was a more personal goal for me.
Accepting the Challenge, With Courage
I got through the marathon in May to achieve goal number one and felt good about goal number two, although I knew it’d be a challenge. I had some great training runs and in the last couple of weeks leading up to the half marathon (which was in September) I had an amazing 10 mile training run with a 7:45 pace. I was so excited and pumped! It definitely was a morale booster. The weekend of the race I was a nervous wreck. When I say things out loud, I want to achieve them so bad!
I chose the Green Flower—Courage! In the half marathon, I was running with another friend of mine and we agreed we could split up if need be. I started out strong, running on pace for the first 10-11 miles, then I slowed way down and “hit a wall.” The “I can’t do this” voices in my head came rushing at me and as the 1:45 pacers ran passed me. I felt defeated and deflated; it just sucked! I crossed the finish line at 1:46.