Meet Amy McGrade. Amy is a runner, RRCA certified running coach, author of Dreams of a Runner and a fellow Fort Mill runner.
Amy has overcome many obstacles to get where she is today and she is an inspiration to many.
Here is her story.
I started running in middle school though high school but I became a single mom and my running career was thought to be over. More than 17 years later I restarted my running career in December 2012 after a two-year battle with prescription pain pills and chronic hip and leg pain from SI Joint Dysfunction. Since then I have run countless 5ks and 10ks. I’ve run seven half marathons and three full marathons. I have raised almost $12,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and National MPS Society through running. I am currently raising money for the National Psoriasis Foundation and will be running my fourth marathon on October 11, 2015 in Chicago.
Why do I run? One day I looked in the mirror and I was disgusted with who I was and how my life revolved around drugs. So, with heavy faith and strong conviction, God carried me through the withdrawal and pain. I lost 40 pounds and started running. Today I am a certified coach and I am coaching a running group called Running for Recovery, which encourages both individuals recovering from addiction and those whom are affected by addiction. The program encourages them to get moving through running.