May 21 2018
How running after losing my leg has helped me find my identity and purpose.
We know you’ll fall in love with this week’s Women’s Running magazine Blogger On The Run- Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers! As a freelance writer and fitness enthusiast, Julie inspires her readers with work-out ideas and delicious recipes several times a day (plus, she often features her adorable dog, Sadie!). We think Julie is super cute and hope you enjoy getting to know her below:
WR: How would you describe yourself?
J: I am a 27-year-old freelance writer and blogger, navigating life in Ocala, Florida with my husband and our crazy dog (who can run 12+ miles!). My blog, Peanut Butter Fingers, is a lighthearted website that I update several times a day with my workouts, favorite recipes and random life musings. It’s a lot of fun!
WR: How did you begin running?
J: I am not a natural runner. Running isn’t easy for me. I don’t put on my running shoes and go out for a run expecting the experience to be easy breezy. No matter what my running pace – whether I’m running a race and giving it my all, or telling myself to take it easy on a long run – running is hard work!
When I graduated from college, I found myself in a full-time job that wasn’t very demanding or stimulating. While this may sound like a blessing (and having a job is!), it also left me feeling unfulfilled and in need of a challenge.
I began looking into running races, thinking that running a 5K might provide me with a decent challenge. I made it my goal to run the 3.1 miles non-stop in August 2007. By the end of the year I completed my first half marathon and have run a handful of half marathons since!
J: My dog! I have a 4-year-old vizsla who aboslutely loves to run and can run circles around me! Seeing her little, wiggly body freak out when I grab her leash definitely motivates me to run. I also enjoy training for races and find that I do some of my best distance running when I have a half marathon on the books.
WR: What’s your favorite race memory?
J: Last November my husband and I ran a sub two hour half marathon. Accomplishing this goal felt unreal and running the whole race with my husband by my side is something I’ll never forget.
J: I simply hope people read Peanut Butter Fingers and that it makes them smile. If my blog can make someone’s day a little brighter, I’m a happy camper.
WR: Best running advice you’ve received or given?
J: “It’s okay to be uncomfortable.”
Want to read more? Head over to Peanut Butter Fingers now!
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1 pair VIVOBAREFOOT Motion Stability Performance Trainers
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Yesterday’s winner. .
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