Moving for the Military

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"Whatever you do, do it with determination and passion.”

Audrey is another Move for a Cause tribe member who not only keeps herself moving for her own well being, but in honor of her great sacrifice like many other military families give day after day, year after year. Here’s a chance to be inspired by why Audrey moves for a cause:

What has inspired you to adopt an active lifestyle (running, walking, hiking, biking, rucking, etc)?

This is a little long, but very honest.

I've always been an athlete growing up playing softball, but it wasn't until I was in my 30s and after having my kids I fell in love with running. Life stresses and after having back to back pregnancies I didn't work out. 

My eating habits weren't really great and my hormones were all out of whack so when my husband went to tech school with the U.S. Air Force for three months, I decided I was going to take my life back. I wanted to be a role model for my kids and I wanted to show them what you can accomplish with hard work and determination. I started a workout program and when my husband returned we started running together. We both signed up for a Christmas 5K race that benefited our local food bank and I ran it in less than 30 minutes. That was it, I was hooked! I enjoy being competitive and giving back to my community at the same time! It's a great feeling to help others while being active. 

What accomplishment are you most proud of since you have adopted an active lifestyle?
After that Christmas 5K I set a goal to try to place in a race. After a year of training to run a fast 5K I finally did it, I placed 2nd in my age division. 
I love hearing from others that I've inspired them to start running or to get out and be more active. Now my daughter wants to start running with me! I can try to place in any race and run different race distances; but knowing I've inspired my kids, well that's why I started this whole journey in the first place and so that's the accomplishment I am most proud of! 

What music do you like to listen to while running, walking or biking?
I love any music that has a great beat something that will get me moving so I listen to a lot of hip hop, pop, or rap. 

Which M4AC Virtual Race has personal meaning to you? 
The race that really has personal meaning to me is Shades of Service. My husband spent 24 years with the Navy and the Air Force. Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our freedoms and I've seen first hand how hard it is for them to transition back to civilian life after serving their country. Team RWB helps America's veterans by connecting them to their community through social and physical activities giving them a purpose and making that transition a little easier. 

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Angelica Lopez