Stephenie Begins Her SoleMate Journey

Stephenie Begins Her SoleMate Journey

Hi Everyone!
My name is Stephenie, and I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am that I have officially become a Girls on the Run Alachua SoleMate!

I’m a newer member to the city of Gainesville, and I was so happy to have stumbled photo (1)upon GOTR! This program is something that I want to invest my time with. I’ll actually be running a race in Orlando, FL this fall, and I’m filled with a mixture of emotions. I have been looking forward to signing up for another race since February 2012. *I can’t believe that’s the last time I ran a race!* My last race was the Disney Princess Half Marathon, and I told myself at that point that running the half marathon was a goal that I wanted to reach within 5 years of completing my very first race, the Disney Royal Family 5K. I just made the cut off! I participated in the half marathon on its 5th anniversary. While it was a great accomplishment, I have wanted to dedicate myself to completing another half marathon before my husband and I decide to start a family. The Lake Nona Inaugural Half Marathon is the perfect opportunity for me to complete this goal. With Girls on the Run, I feel like I’m getting to contribute to the success of the women that will be leaders to my future children. My hope is that by running this race as a SoleMate, my children will later be influenced by the positive influences of GOTR.
Why the Lake Nona Half Marathon, you ask? My husband and I were high school sweethearts that reconnected after 9 years apart. Our first home together was in Lake Nona, so that part of Orlando will always hold a special place in my heart. I started running when I lived in Orlando, and it has been the best way for me to think through my day to day life. When I first started running, I have to admit, it was to lose weight. But, through running, I have fallen in love with the person that I am. I have become a lot more comfortable in my own skin. On the pavement, I can feel myself working hard to reach a goal. Every time I lace up my shoes, I set a mini goal for myself. If haven’t run in a while, I like to start with a 20 minute jog – no breaks. When I finish and I’ve reached my goal, I can feel myself smiling ear-to-ear. There has never been a day when I looked back at a run and been disappointed. Everyone has their own ways of achieving this feeling, and it’s always fun to meet new people to discover what they’re passionate about. Lake Nona is a budding medical community that I believe will be a huge influence to medicine! I love that community, and even though we no longer live there, I want to see it grow and succeed.

I’m gearing up to start my training. My *goal* is to write at least one update a week! I can’t wait to share this journey, and I hope that you enjoy reading my posts. For now, I hope everyone has a FANTASTIC week, and God Bless!


“You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so …get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss


To support Stephanie please visit her SoleMates page


SoleMates is the charity running leg of Girls on the Run of Alachua County (GOTRAC).  SoleMates provides adults an opportunity to raise money for GOTRAC while training for the athletic event of their choice. SoleMates set personal goals such as running in a marathon, half marathon,  or 10k event to raise money for GOTRAC. SoleMates raises critically needed funds that helps our council to serve more girls in our community.
For more information or to become a SoleMate for GOTRAC please visit our SoleMates website

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