Why I #OptOutside

I joined BGR! Winston-Salem and it has changed my life!

By: Falena Bryden, BGR! Winston-Salem

I was hesitant about being a Runner.  I thought, no way would I ever run again.  I ran track in High School but it was short distances.  100 Meter and 200 Meter Dash only. I decided to join my best friend and her new running friends.  I came in the door as the Rookie. When I first started, it was not one of my favorite hobbies. My shins were all that I could focus on.  I felt that If I could get them right, I would master this running thing. Well, I was educated at the Shoe Clinic and one of my coaches recommended that I get new shoes.  I did, and my shin problem was solved! But, now I was winded. Breathing and overheating. With the support of my running group, I was encouraged to keep pushing and that it would get better.  I came out and ran a few 5k’s. Just as I started enjoying crossing that 5k Finish Line, I realized, I need to do a ½ Marathon. To be continued on that one. I’ve worked my way up to an 8k. I graduated from the Walk Before You Run Program Spring of 2018.  The love and support that the Program offered was awesome and it was free! The ladies took their time to volunteer to help us through the program three days out of the week. After completing the program, I decided to sign up for a Lead for the fall session.  Running has become an essential part of my life. I love seeing other people run. My newest wardrobe consists of running gear and sneaks. I can’t resist looking for running gear in any store that I enter. I have Type 2 diabetes and my A1C is currently at 7.9.  I am working on getting it under 7. I have lost 25 pounds since I started the program in March. I plan on losing 25 more. Trust the program ladies.

Join us for a nice run November 23 at 7a.m. Hanes Park. Running doesn’t cost a thing!!! #optoutside #FreeBlackFriday.




Jay Ell Alexander
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3 Responses

ALISHA T PARMS
ALISHA T PARMS

November 23, 2018

Yes, that’s my lead!!! She pushes us through motivation, song and dance! I am grateful to be surrounded by a group of ladies who encourage you to Be Strong…and to KEEP RUNNING!
BGR, THAT’S WHO WE ARE!!!

ALISHA T PARMS
ALISHA T PARMS

November 22, 2018

Yes, that’s my lead!!! She pushes us through motivation, song and dance! I am grateful to be surrounded by a group of ladies who encourage you to Be Strong…and to KEEP RUNNING!
BGR, THAT’S WHO WE ARE!!!

Tanya Thorn
Tanya Thorn

November 21, 2018

Awesome!!!! You trusted the program and your leads, now look at you! Perfect example of what BGR! represents..

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