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AlishaPerkins.com
By Alisha Perkins, Lakeville, Minn.

Alisha Perkins used running to find her own voice. As the wife of Minnesota Twins pitcher Glen Perkins and mom of two girls, it was easy for her to get lost in those roles. Runner allowed her to discover her strength, which she shared when she started her blog in 2012. Perkins describes how she fell in love with running.

“I don’t know if I really found running as much as it found me. I used to run the minimum required to eat chocolate and not get fat until one day when I needed a break from being a mom, I ran 5 miles. It was on that run that I experienced the runner’s high, the running orgasm, and never looked back. The effect on my anxiety was incredible as well—after running I was a better wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Running helped me find my release and my voice. Being married to a professional baseball player complicates our life and running seems to help me deal. I run because somehow completely exhausting myself is the most relaxing part of my day.”

Alisha’s favorite post-run splurge
Truthfully my favorite thing after a run is a nap, but if that is not possible then a good Hendrick’s gin and tonic will do the trick.

Team WR

Team WR represents the Women's Running staff and community behind the magazine and womensrunning.com. The team was created in July 2014 when Women's Running underwent its first re-design since it debuted in 2009. Collectively, Team WR has run everything, from marathon, to half, to novelty runs, to ultras, to 10K and 5K races, to obstacle events, to triathlons.