Companion through triumphs and defeats
Posted on July 11 2017
“The summer of 2015 will always be a very significant time in my life. I had just recently started working at Fleet Feet, and I was training for my very first half marathon. Coming from a middle-distance background, longer distances had always been a challenge for me. However, to my surprise, training was going really well, and I felt completely unstoppable. Going into the week of the race, I was only focused on what I needed to do to have the race I had dreamed of. Of course, like life usually does, it presented me with an unfortunate surprise. I received a call from my mom telling me that she had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. This was really hard for me and very obviously drew my focus away from my race that weekend. My parents were coming along to watch me race that weekend in Chicago, and while it had been a very emotional week, I knew I couldn’t let it dictate the race I had been training for. I still ran it, even if it wasn’t the time I had hoped for and spent a great weekend in Chicago with my parents. I am very happy to report that after multiple months of chemo treatments and a mastectomy, my mom is officially cancer free. Running is something that I have done for so long, it is impossible to imagine my life without it. To me running, training and racing is life. It has been my companion through my greatest triumphs and my worst defeats. Running has been one of the most consistent aspects of my life, and helped develop me into the strong and independent person I am today.” – HOKA fan Katie Brosamer-Senger
Katie’s favorite shoe is the Clifton.