A runner through and through, Abby from Run Stronger Every Day had her world (especially her workouts) flipped upside down a year and a half ago when she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the colon. Not letting it hinder her daily sweat sessions, she learned how to work with her condition and live up to her motto, “now go out and run!” We caught up with this speedster to find out more about her fit life and who reminds her to keep going strong.
My favorite way to work out: Running, of course! I’ve been running since I was 10 and there is no better way for me to sweat than to lace up my shoes and head out for a run.
On my fit life list: Once I finish my Ph.D. in physical therapy (December 2015!), I want to run the Honolulu marathon and go on a Hawaiian vacation! Maybe I’ll run my 3:30 marathon time there. Who knows, you gotta have goals!
Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I workout to: “Bat Out of Hell,” by Meat Loaf. My parents are big classic rock fans and that’s pretty much all that’s played in the gym in their house. It has a killer beat.
My “I Did It” moment: When I finished the Jersey Shore marathon in May 2011 during the worst ulcerative colitis flare-up I’ve ever had. It was physically the worst experience of my life. I struggled from mile 13 to 20, but finished the last six really strong. I knew right then and there that this disease would never define or destroy me.
My biggest motivator is: My husband. He makes me brave. And my parents. They both beat cancer and taught me to never, ever give up.
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