(Video: Nicole Burke started the organization OutRun 38 in honor of a childhood friend living with cystic fibrosis who inspired her to get healthy. What started as a small Facebook group quickly grew into a community that encourages friendship, healthy living and awareness for CF.)
RUNNING WITH A PURPOSE
I started running as an exchange student in high school with my host sister, Anne Claire, and host dad, Jean Louis. I was slow and awkward, but I managed to keep up.
In college, my roommate Charlie and I would bundle up and run the streets of Boston, making our way along the frozen Charles River as a biting wind defied us to keep going.
Home for the summer, my friend Nell and I would finish our shifts at Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, more than a little greasy and sweaty, and pound out a few miles along the water before meeting friends for a beer.
No matter where my life took me, I would run, almost always with a friend. I logged miles in San Francisco, Atlanta, New York. Running became my go-to exercise not just for a quick workout, but also to clear my head.
Yet despite running for more than 20 years, and having completed two full marathons, I’ve never considered myself a runner. “Runner” felt serious, like someone who knew what they were doing...someone who was good at this sport...someone who was fast and athletic. Calling myself a “runner” made me feel like a fraud. Until, that is, my friend Vinnie invited me to join a Facebook group called OutRUN 38.
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