Strong Legs Run: Update!

Now that finals are over, I have finally had the time to work on my blog! I have updated a few of the pages and have added a very special story on the “inspirational people” page. Hope you enjoy and happy exploring!

Beauty Still Remains,


It was a cold Atlanta morning (which did not help the fact that I was suffering from a sinus infection and bronchitis) but the 2009 Strong Legs Run for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta was a huge success!

For those of you who don’t know, in 2007 I was admitted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for a spinal fusion to correct my scoliosis. During a five hour surgery, my spine was straightened and fused with the aid of two titanium rods. I made a full recovery and found a new passion in running.

When I signed up for the race, I decided to set a goal to raise $500 which would be donated to the not for profit hospital. I am happy to report that I was able to raise $502.50 with the help of very generous friends and family.  My team, which consisted of my mom, Justin P. (my roommate’s boyfriend), and myself were able to raise $793.50 for the hospital. I am very proud to know that I was able to give back to the hospital that had such a huge impact on my life.

The race was bright and early on November 14, 2009. I was excited to run the course since it wound through downtown Atlanta. The course started at Turner Field (Braves’ stadium), went under the Olympic Rings, through Georgia State’s campus, through residential streets, in front of the Capital building, back through GA State’s campus, and back to Turner Field. While it was a fun course, it was full of hills. Not just any hills, HUGE hills. I could not help but laugh when my part of the pack passed the mile three marker only to see a never ending hill and the man next to me sighed and dropped a few, um… choice words. I somehow managed to survive all the hills and I do not think I have ever been happier to see/cross a finish line in my entire life!

Although I was sick, I completed the 10k with a time of 51:13 and third in my age group.

I also want to mention how proud I am of my mom who completed her first 5k!

Right before the race!



One thought on “Strong Legs Run: Update!

  1. Ashleigh – We are so very proud of you! Keep on doing what you’re doing and inspiring others in their struggles. God will bless your efforts!

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