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Linda Parriott, Co-Director

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe

Linda ParriottThese are the words I repeated to myself on a bright and sunny morning in June 2012. That’s the day I took my first step toward doing the impossible: becoming a runner.

One thing you should know about me. My entire life, I never had any desire to become a runner. None whatsoever.

Two things changed my mind

First, I read Spark, a book about the connections between exercise and the brain. This book really opened my eyes.

Olympic runner Jeff Galloway and his book, Running: Getting Started, sealed the deal. He convinced me in the very first paragraph:

[A]lmost anyone can do this–and it doesn’t have to be painful or extremely tiring. All you need to start this process is desire. Not just the desire to run, but the desire to become part of a positive process of improvement, bringing together the body, mind, and spirit.

To the Finish Line and Beyond

On my first day, I alternated 5 seconds of running with 2 minutes of walking for a total of 10 minutes.

By the end of 2012, I completed two 10K races, the TC 10K and the Drumstick Dash.

I’m excited to be part of the only Galloway training program in Minneapolis-St. Paul. I’m eager to meet other runners who are getting started… To encourage, support, and swap stories as we cheer each other to the finish line.

When I’m not running, I’m helping people design their micro business and build their online platform.

You can find me on Twitter @LindaParriott and Google+ gplus.to/lindaparriott.

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