WOMEN RUN THE WORLD
It was January 15th, 2013 in Varanasi India when I received the email about being honored as one of “10 Fierce Females” at the 10th Anniversary of More/Fitness half marathon “Women Run the World” celebration. I decided that I would have to run the 13.1 miles in honor and in memory of each and every woman and man that I am currently treating or have ever treated who may not be able to run.
I decided to RUN because I CAN!
I am not a runner so this was going to be a challenge. Running has been difficult for me ever since I had a mid-forceps delivery 22 years ago (Clearly because my son Tom had a big stubborn head and some things never change!). I started training and began to assemble my team of nine amazing women who would participate with me.
From The Healing Consciousness Foundation, I asked our executive director (who is also my sister Ann), our Marketing director Brenda, our Redeemer Ministry Corps volunteer Catherine, and two major HCF supporters, Dorothy and Chantal. I asked my “Thrivers” Connie, Diane, Renee and Emme to complete my team. Just before the race, Emme unfortunately had to back out as her daughter needed mom on spring break. Connie’s friend stepped into the mix and Cara joined our team. The training began and for some, it was the first event of this magnitude that they had ever chosen to participate.
The ten honorees were announced a few weeks prior to the event and I was simple blown away to be included with this outstanding group of women who are indeed changing our WORLD as we know it. ( You can see the Twitter feed from the event at #womenruntheworld)
I ran my entire 13.1 miles with my two dear friends, Chantal and Dorothy. Dorothy could have left us in the dust but women are a different breed, we were all for one and one for all. They both kept me running for the entire 2 hours and 29 minutes. I love them for running this race with me. The three of us ran across the finish line holding hands and so proud of our accomplishment.
My “Breast Friend” Patients completed the 13.1 miles and did so with grace and gratitude for being able to run.
Diane, Connie, Renee and Cara
THE TEN FIERCE FEMALES
- U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee will be honored in the Government and Politics category. As a small business woman, author, mother, grandmother, and Member of Congress, Blackburn has dedicated her service in making Tennessee and America a better, more prosperous, and freer place.
- Danielle Butin, founder of AFYA Foundation, which supports ongoing health initiatives in Africa and the Caribbean by supplying critically needed surplus medical supplies, hospital equipment and humanitarian provisions, will be honored for her Global Relief efforts.
- Anna Maria Chávez, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA will be honored in the Girls and Education category. Chávez is a lifetime member Girl Scout and an award-winning community leader. Chávez is the first Latina to lead the organization, a role she has held since 2011.
- Chief Petty Officer Hsiao-Chin Chiang, honored in the Armed Forces category, has been a Hospital Corpsman for 13 years with deployments shipboard and boots-on-ground in the Middle East. She has been Command Fitness leader since 2007, and has participated in several marathons, including five Marine Corps Marathons.
- Linda Descano, CFAÒ is being honored in the Female Business Leader category. Linda serves as a Managing Director and Head of Digital Partnerships, Content and Social for North America Marketing at Citi. In addition, Linda is also President and CEO of Women & Co., a service of Citi that brings women relevant financial content and thoughtful commentary to get them thinking and talking about money.
- Dr. Beth Baughman DuPree, Medical Director of the Breast Health Program of Holy Redeemer Health System will be honored in the Women’s Heath category for her passionate efforts in encouraging her patients to integrate healing therapies, whether it is through spiritual guidance, grief counseling, fitness programs, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, Reiki, Yoga, or massage. She is the founder of The Healing Consciousness Foundation that provides funding for these essential healing therapies.
- Jill Eisenhard, founder & executive director of the Red Hook Initiative, will be honored for her extraordinary relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. She created a model for community development and social change that paves the way for residents to empower themselves and change their neighborhood.
- Jenny Fletcher, a model and Triathlete who earned her first-ever professional victory at the 2012 IRONMAN 70.3 Branson, will be honored in Women’s Sports category.
- Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the Emmy-winning co-host of The View, celiac, founder of NoGii and best-selling author of the “G-Free Diet” and “Deliciously G-Free”, will be honored in the Media category for her fervent support of women’s health and fitness in the media.
- Courtney E. Martin, will be honored in the Women’s Empowerment category for her efforts in reinventing feminism through her books, speeches and blogs. She is Editor Emeritus at Feministing.com, Founding Director of the Solutions Journalism Network, and speaks widely on Millenials’ re-imagining success and social change.
Mika Brzezinski and Allison Sweeney were the co-hosts who ran the race with GUSTO!!
I had the opportunity to have some quiet quality time with two amazing Congresswomen at lunch immediately after the race. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) are passionate public servants. They are working to create sustainable changes in Washington. It was apparent that we all have the same common goal in health care reform and delivery.
Running 13.1 miles was an amazing “feat of de feet”. The sense of accomplishment was quickly overshadowed just 24 hours later by the darkness of the Boston Marathon Bombing. The fear and lack of love that drives a soul to do the unthinkable acts that occurred in Boston was sickening.
It is my hope that the women that ran in central park and the other women that were honored at the More/Fitness Half Marathon continue to “Run the World” without fear. We need to run in the fitness sense to care for our bodies and spirit and we need to run the world as game changes so that we can fill the world with LOVE and alleviate fear. I am so grateful to Lesley Seymour, Editor of More Magazine, and Betty Wong, Editor of Fitness Magazine, for allowing me to be part of this celebration of the “Divine Feminine” (If you are not readers of their magazines you need to be!!).
Be LOVE on Legs!!!