1. Rose

    This is an unexpected payoff to the wonderful series. I really enjoyed reading “The girl who missed the rain.” I think you managed to tie the two opposite experiences of the women runners in a compelling narrative that was engaging and thought provoking. Do you plan on doing something similar in the future?

    • Hi Rose,

      Thanks so much for your kind words, and I’m glad that you enjoyed the series on how to be inspired by great running stories. I think this was a unique opportunity to reinforce the theme of my topic with a short story. I feel strongly that fiction and non-fiction writers can often use each other’s tools to make their message more appealing. So, yes, I might use similar a technique of combining fiction and non fiction in relating my message in the future.

  2. ProlificAshley

    Wow! This story is exceptional, I’m really moved and inspired by the way running has helped many people get back on there feet.

    • Hi Ashley,
      Running has indeed helped many people deal with devastating emotional challenges like the the loss of a loved. As I said in the post, I lost my father when I was only thirteen, 45 years ago, but I still have fond memories of him. I especially feel the connection when I am running. As my feet hit the pavement, I think of sunny butterfly days and dad laughing as he saw mango juice slip through my tiny finger tips as I eagerly devoured the juicy fruit he had given me. So I can definitely relate to the sentiments expressed in the article, “Running brings back memories of my dad.”—Heather H., St. Petersburg, Florida

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