Introducing Welcome Committee members Stacey Lawrence and Jane Twomey!
How many years have you been running?
Jane: As an adult, four years. I used to run XC in High School.
What made you start running?
Stacey: I always played sports through college, then needed to find that athletic hobby. I enjoy races and that atmosphere.
Jane: My second child was 4, and my oldest was 8. I was unhealthy and had lost myself. I knew I needed to exercise and longed for how I used to feel when I was a runner.
What keeps you motivated to continue running?
Stacey: Our group! No kidding. I find myself going and reading posts to get my butt in gear. So inspiring.
Jane: The women in this group! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine finding such supportive, confident, selfless women.
What do you do when you are not running?
Stacey: I am a physical therapist for work. I enjoy playing the guitar, painting and photography.
Jane: I am a middle school teacher! If you ever go on a run with me, you’ll hear all about how my I love my job. I have two awesome sons and a husband who keep me busy. When I can find time for myself, I love to read and cook.
What was your first race?
Stacey: Turkey Trot in Derry.
Jane: Halfway to St. Patrick’s 5K! I hadn’t run a race since high school and was insanely nervous.
What was your favorite race?
Stacey: Hmm, so far I’d say Covered Bridges Half. So pretty.
Jane: Honestly the 10 miler. It’s an incredibly challenging race, and the feeling of accomplishment is overwhelming.
Most memorable run?
Stacey: Finishing Wallis Sands half, which was not the greatest for me, and seeing my two kids and hubs at the finish. Gets me every time.
Jane: Wineglass Marathon. It didn’t turn out exactly how I had hoped, but I am still in awe that I trained and completed a marathon.
Why do you love SRTT-NH?
Stacey: Because everyone is amazing despite different abilities, personal goals and life experiences. It’s a great community for running, but also so much more.
Jane: his group has changed my life. I feel more confident at 39 than I did at 29! SRTT has helped me realize that if you run, you’re a runner. We have women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds in the group. I like to say to new members, Let us change your life.