This month, our honored Members share what Back on My Feet means to them. It (almost) goes without saying, that they mean so much to us too! We’re lucky to have them as part of our family.
Shawna, Team Lake View
“I joined BoMF because I thought it was such a great program. I originally read an article about it in Runners World a few years ago and it was so inspirational it brought tears to my eyes. It seems like there are so many people out there that can benefit from the program and I just wanted to help wherever possible and running seemed perfect.
It’s a sense of joining a ‘family’ that depends on you to show up but they don’t judge if you can’t make it. Everyone is always welcoming regardless of the amount of times you can or can’t get to the morning circle. Though I’ve only been a part of the team for a few months, it’s part of me now and I hate missing the morning runs!
As for a few fun fact about me, I’m a shoe size 10 and I like to eat hard boiled eggs or toast and almond butter after I run. I’m also trying to get better at juggling, my revolutions are about 3-4 before I start dropping. I’m currently training for Chicago’s F3 Half Marathon in January and the Austin Half in February.”
Peter, Team Lake View
Peter has been a part of Back on My Feet for almost four months now, and has gone from running barely a block to running a 5k with BoMF! He is always a happy and upbeat presence in the Lake View morning circle, whether or not the end of his run takes him by Dunkin Donuts for coffee. In his time with the team, he has completely blossomed, going from a quiet and shy teammate to the team’s most outspoken and talkative member! He says of BoMF: “It has been really inspiring. For me, it has helped me to—really what it stands for—get back on my feet. I had a ‘Who cares?’ attitude before, about everything, especially about small things like being on time. But now, that’s all changed. I’m not working just yet… but it’s getting me there.”
Michael, Team Lawson House
“I’m born and raised in San Francisco, and came to Chicago to prepare for graduate school. I have always been active my whole life, as a three sport athlete in high school. I picked up running in college and have continued running marathons and half since. I prefer not to run with any music/headphones, just the sound of my feet pounding of the pavement. When I finish running, my favorite thing to take down is a bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter and a sliced banana.
I joined BoMF as soon as I moved to Chicago because I have a desire to help others and a passion for running, so this was calling my name. I’ve had the chance to meet some amazing people as a member of the Lawson House. I’m so glad to be involved with the team. Everyone there is welcoming and so enthusiastic to be part of the team, which makes it a lot easier to get up at 5:30 in the morning and run.”
Will, Team Lawson House
Will joined the team at the end of September and has maintained an impressive 100% attendance rate since then. He just this month earned his 50 mile medal and was smiling ear to ear as he put it around his neck! He joined because a friend on the team encouraged it, and he is so glad he followed in her footsteps. Will says, “I like the Back on My Feet Program because it teaches me about goals and how to achieve them. What can I say? I just love Back on My Feet!”
Laura, Team St. Leonard’s
“I was introduced to Back On My Feet through a Streetwise article. I had just finished training for and completing a marathon and needed a little inspiration in my own running. Now I look forward (yes…I said look forward) to waking up early to meet with the team each and every week.
I’ve been running for over a decade now and am training for my 3rd marathon in Big Sur California in April 2013. Knowing I’ll eventually hit a “training slump” while working towards Big Sur, I can rest assured that Back On My Feet runs will be an excellent way to re-charge my batteries and find meaning in my running again. I enjoy talking to all of the members of our team, residential or not. We all have so much in common in our lives and our running.
I knew I could feel comfortable with the team when during one of the morning runs where we had several new members I took an embarrassing spill (all too common for this runner!) and was helped up and checked up on several times throughout the morning by almost every member of the team. Good to know one has so many people to lean on, literally and figuratively! Thank you for all you do Back On My Feet, and thank you to my team for your continued support and inspiration!!”
Duane, Team St. Leonard’s
In early August, Team St. Leonard’ s was lucky enough to welcome Duane as a member. In his relatively short tenure with the team, he has accomplished quite a lot—has has logged over 125 miles already! He recently completed the Santa Hustle 5k and has plans for many more races with Back on My Feet. Duane says of the team, “It’s a good team, supportive of each other. We help each other set goals, and we keep each other healthy and motivated. Back on My Feet is a great way to wake up in the morning… It’s, really, it’s the perfect way to start my day.”