The 10-miler was the first time in 3-years that I have stepped on a starting line and felt good about my fitness. There have been many factors that led to that . . . The Charlottesville community as a whole has just been so conducive to fitness and running. This is a super active community that is full of people who have welcomed me and helped me get back into the swing of things.
As I was improving my strength and endurance, their guidance in the classes made me realize that I also needed to work on my form and my focus. Within one month I was participating in up to 5 classes each week. 4 months later I feel like I've gone back to the person I was years ago, when running and exercise made me feel confident, fit, and energized rather than exhausted and unhealthy.