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My name is Adina Crawford and my life was transformed about ten years ago when I discovered my fitness journey. Five years ago, you wouldn’t see many people of color running 5ks, 10ks—and I’m a triathoner—and you wouldn’t see them out there either. But more and more women of color... Read more

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I am overjoyed to talk about a featured athlete Ana. Ana started running with Black Girls Run back in 2012. Where she formed a sisterhood of friends and women who shared the same fitness journey and goals as she did. I am here to tell you first hand and witnessing her journey from the  beginning and the continued growth of Ana has been awesome. She has soared into an awesome fitness journey that has motivated so many other ladies to not only stay active but to eat healthy so one can push further in one’s fitness journey. Ana has changed the mindset of many ladies from “I can’t or I don’t feel like it” mindset to I CAN do it. Powerful words and support systems go a long way in tackling the negative mindset regardless of what challenges, issues or obstacles you face. Any form of activity can be good and especially good if one has any challenges, but did you know that Running especially can be incredibly a health form of exercise. Ensuring  that your fitness journey is enjoyed in a healthy manner as long as you seek medical guidance, listen to your body, hydrate often, rest when needed and the list goes on and on. Ana Hester is living proof that you can keep going through imminent health issues. Ana has put her health at the forefront and has conquered several amazing fitness journeys. Keep following my blog and the stories of these amazing ladies of color and you yourself can say “I CAN.” You too will surrender the negative words and discouragement. Fitness if FREE and everyone can enjoy it at all levels. It is never too late to MOVE. – Adina 

Ana’s Journey:

Running saved my life….

I believe that I inherited the gene for putting things off. When I was invited to join a Saturday run with the Germantown BGR ladies, I was struggling with some areas of my life. I had looming health issues, I was a single mother, and still struggling with postpartum depression (don’t believe the myths, it is very real).

The night before I was to attend the run, I went to bed thinking of every excuse to avoid going to the run. “I’m not feeling well,” “my baby isn’t feeling well,” “I forgot it was today.” All of those excuses went through my head. I set my alarm and would decide if I would go in the morning. When I got the next day, I asked myself what did I have to lose by just going. I had survived some of the lowest points in my life and surely I could go out for a run. When I got there and realized I was the youngest woman there, I couldn’t possibly stroll as I should have been in better shape than I was. I picked a group of ladies that looked about my age and pace and went for it. It was the first time outside of the police academy that I had ran a consistent mile without stopping. It felt amazing! I couldn’t believe how clear my head was and how refreshed I felt. I was hooked. I blindly signed up for a trail 10k. That was an adventure to say the least but it kept me motivated and moving. I started running longer distances while picking up strength training. I’ve since traveled to run races of various distances. My proudest moment was running my first marathon in Richmond with a good friend and seeing my mother and baby girl at the finish line waiting for me. Since I have Crohn’s disease, I am often “benched” from running from time to time. It does get me down but I always look forward to those days where I can run with ease and often with friends. I don’t know what would have happened to me if I hadn’t started running. I gave up meat and adopted a much healthier lifestyle to battle the symptoms of Crohn’s disease but not until I started running, did I have some remission.

I love running and while I know that it isn’t for everyone, I would at least encourage everyone to give it a try before saying “I can’t” or “I don’t.” I love having the opportunities to help others reach their running goals. I recently coached a good friend to a running goals to obtain her dream job. Watching her progress and seeing her accomplish her ultimate goal was a push to do more.

Running has introduced me to some wonderful people and it has kept me going even when I didn’t think I had the motivation to do it. I see that my daughter is watching me and mimicking things that I do, so I want her to adopt healthy habits and be inspired that she can also overcome obstacles that may seen impossible. She, too, has run some races by watching me and she makes me proud. I’m a woman, a mother, a survivor, and a runner.

“Lord, don’t move my mountains, but give me the strength to climb them.”

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Adina Crawford

About Adina Crawford

Adina Crawford is the D.C. ambassador for Black Girls Run, a group dedicated to encouraging ALL (especially African-American) women to make fitness and healthy living a priority.

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