I have never been athletically inclined. I never participated in any group sports (I came of age in the 80’s, before soccer became mandatory); I never tried out for any teams in high school, and even stopped taking PE classes as soon as they were no longer a requirement. Then, in 2010 I met Leah and became a runner. It started when I casually mentioned that I was struggling in my attempts to run, and couldn’t progress to even a mile without walking. That was my goal: one mile, no walk breaks. With Leah’s coaching and support, not only did I hit that goal, I ran my first half-marathon a year later, and have since completed another 12 half-marathons and a handful of 5ks, 10ks, and 12ks. Leah’s encouragement, positivity, and pure passion for fitness and running have been key to my evolution from a non-runner to a half-marathoner. I couldn’t have done it without her!

- Donna Contreras