Butterfly Spotlight

By : Lisa Tolufashe

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 42 years old, I have 2 daughters Alexandria (21) and Brittny (15), and a 3 year old Jack Russell Terrier named Button. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am from Wilmington, NC. I moved to Charlotte in June 2001 when I got out of the military. I served 11 years in the US Army in various duty stations and the Gulf War. I enjoy working out, reading, and traveling.
When did you start running and why?
I was invited to the running group in Spring 2010 by my church member Janice Tucker. I consistently told her I do not run anymore. I told myself when I got out of the military I would never ever run again unless someone was behind me lol, with her urging I thought to myself what the heck what do I have to lose it is not like I have never ran before, even though I despised running in the military because we had to do it, I saw it as another way to challenge my body since I do LOVE exercising. So I decided to come out and have been running ever since.

Did you ever think you would be a runner?
No I did not think I would ever be runner, even when I ran in the military I did not consider myself a runner. Now, I like running. I like the way I feel afterwards like I have accomplished something. Running is very empowering.

How did those first runs feel?   How has it changed?
The first runs were okay, I was getting back use to running. I knew I could do it because I did it before for 11 years in the military. It has changed because I was running because I wanted to and not because I had to. I liked challenging myself in a different aspect.
What health benefits have you noticed since running?
My asthma has improved I am able to run without being out of breath-by learning to breath properly and building up my lungs by exercising. My knees do not hurt as bad-thanks to the injury prevention clinic. I wear my knee braces just to protect my knees so  I do not re injury them.  My pressure has improved, my cholesterol has improved. My doctor was trying to put me on cholesterol medication which I Refused to take-thanks to running and the healthy eating clinics my cholesterol is within normal levels without medication.
What’s in your playlist?
Do not run with music.
What are your running goals?
My running goal is to run a half marathon. I have ran a couple 5ks and a 10k.
What is one thing you do to reward yourself after a run?
Take a nice long shower, and give myself pedicure and pamper my feet.
What would you say to someone who wants to start running?
I would tell them they can do it that running is mental,  they can do anything they put their mind to. I would tell them they will like the way they feel afterwards-it is very empowering, and to make sure to be hydrated even when not running.
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