You can barely see them in the darkness of the early morning hour. Huddled together under the park’s shelter, they chat lively as they await the sound-off from their coach. The sun begins to peak above the horizon and the dawn’s light gives a glimpse of the women. If you look closely, you can see that they are almost naked.
Oh they are clothed alright, but barely. Shorts, tanks and sports bras are the preferred attire. With their hair pulled back, head donned with a cap, visor, or headband, and virtually no makeup, these women come in all shapes and sizes, and they dare to expose their most vulnerable self. There is little room for pretensions. Walls are broken down and masks are removed. Some have never run before and others have been running for years. Some are fast and some are slow.
Stripped of professional titles and corporate affiliations, these women are connected together by their running shoes. Profession by trade makes no difference; Socio-economic status does not matter; Age is not an issue; Sexual orientation has no bearing; The color of one’s skin is irrelevant. They are CEO’s, business owners, professional executives, nurses, teachers, students, store clerks, waitresses, housewives, and unemployed. They share many faiths, Bahia, Jewish, Christian, Catholic, Buddhists, or none of the above. They are married, divorced, single, or in a significant relationship. They are wives, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters, and sisters. But you don’t see any of that. What you see is that they are almost naked, and they come together for one purpose: to get their run on.
What you see is what you get when you’re almost naked. Young or old, fat or thin, these ladies unite in a spirit of community and acceptance. Many seek to get their bodies back in shape after years of neglect and weight gain. Some are hoping to avoid getting caught up in the epidemic of obesity. Others want to maintain their shape and improve their health. Some simply want to reduce stress or find an outlet to help them deal with a challenging life circumstance.
Whatever the reasons, they have one thing in common: the courage to take the first step. Our goals are simple. Complete each mile in 18 minutes or less, and cross the finish line. Collectively, the women find encouragement and support from one another. Connections are made, bridges are built, and hearts are woven together as they get their run on. With the support of each other, they stay the course with their training as they pursue a goal. In the process, their lives are changed forever. These gals are members of the FAB 50 Women on the Run team, and together, they are almost naked.
Now you too can get in on the fun and be part of a revolution that sees women push through self-imposed limitations and achieve what they never dreamed possible! Get naked (almost) and join with us! Go to FAB 50 Women on the Run and get signed up for our next training program! We’ll see YOU at the start line!
Most people think your life changes forever the second you cross the finish line.
Runners know your life changes forever the second you decide to go to the starting line.