Dorothy Beal hated running. She was not what you would have called a sporty kid. In fact, when she joined the soccer team in high school, it was only because it was a requirement. When they asked her to run, she faked hyperventilating. Fast forward to today and she’s completed 32 marathons, is a celebrated fitness writer and the voice behind Mile Posts, her running blog. What changed was a nudge from her mom and a shift in perspective.
In college, like many of us, Dorothy gained some weight and put staying healthy on the back burner. Her mom, Lesley, who is also on our team, encouraged her to start running. Lesley knew about the power of running. Dorothy’s first marathon was the Marine Corp Marathon in 2003. When she crossed the finish line, she was “forever changed.” She ran her second marathon just a month later.