Inspired by the Beginners and the Champions

MICHELLE SUTHERLAND – Marathon Runner

Running has become my life. It’s where I feel the most like myself. If something feels off, I want to take care of it right away. Luckily for me, there was really only one time that I had to take a short break for treatment and within weeks I was back out there picking up where I left off. When it comes to training, I always have a plan and stay focused which inspires me to keep going. I don’t let injuries or bumps in the road stop me, I do what needs to be done to get myself back out there. I have met some pretty amazing elite runners that inspire me. I was in Boston running the marathon in 2014 when I met Katherine Switzer (the first female runner to run the Boston marathon before women were allowed to run marathons) and she was an inspiration to me because she was so genuine when she spoke to you. She spent time with each person she met and gave you the confidence you needed to run the Boston marathon. In fact, I was so touched by what she said to me that I got a tattoo of her Boston marathon number and mission 261 fearless on my arm. Of course, I cannot forget the ladies of MRC Michelle’s Run Crew. Seeing how far everyone has come and showing up each night to train inspires me even more than training for my own races.