One foot in front of the other
Posted on July 11 2017
“In 2007, I was 36 years old and had just quit my job as a partner of New York City law firm. I was devastated, terrified, divorced and learning how to be a single parent. Grief paralyzed me from seeing the light through the uncertainty and fear. Lacing up my first pair of running shoes since I was in college, I started out with just trying to put one foot in front of the other. Sharing the asphalt and trail ‘church’ with close friends, many of whom I met through the local running community anchored by Fleet Feet Montclair, my running journey graduated from baby steps around the block towards a mile, 5Ks, half marathons, marathons and eventually ultramarathons. Running is an evolving grit and grace metaphor for my reclaimed living and ride on this journey. When there is struggle and disappointment, when things not in our control come up and cause us to veer from the plan, this is not the end of the story. We can ask and decide how we want to adjust and relate to the dark moments because we are the author of how we choose to let the moment define us. The broken can be the evolved. I joke that I would like to be buried in HOKA shoes as they have carried me from the ashes and dust, through ashes and dust and should appropriately be on me as I join the ashes and dust.” – HOKA fan Ellen Kim
Ellen’s favorite shoe is the Clifton.