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Karen MacDonald

Running is the vehicle where I find my “stillness”. Not still in the usual way we think of the word, the body sense, but still in the “being” sense. When I am “still”, I am aware of the present moment, the here and now. I feel the connection, a sense of oneness that I have with everything in that moment - my breath, the sound of my footsteps, the wind, trees, flowers and my fellow runners.

Running is much more than staying in shape; it’s when I am most alive. I create friendships, laugh, smile, listen and inspire. Running is my expression of joy. As my training grew from marathons to 50 milers, from 50 milers to 100 milers, I’ve learned a lot about myself. Essentially, all of the running trails and paths my feet have met led me to the most important path of all-my life’s path.

Running reconnects me to my sense of self, my peace, and my purpose. Running is where I find the courage to do better than my best and to live beyond myself. I have found my message, what I want to be remembered for running helps me share this experience with as many people I can. As running was the spark lighting my path, I want to be the spark that lights the way for others to find their path, their purpose.

As a lululemon ambassador, I am excited about the possibility of motivating and inspiring others to get involved and feel deeply. My hope is that after reading this, running with me or meeting me, others will take time to be “still” and listen to their heart’s message. Life is a great adventure; experience all of it, good and bad. Making a difference in someone’s life is where I get my inspiration. I see every day as a gift, a chance, to help people and make the world a better place. There is nothing greater, or more powerful, than this.