I get asked a lot “I’m not a mom, can I still run with yall?”  My answer is most definitely YES!!!!!  While we are a “running club for moms” I’d NEVER deny a women in search of running motivation and friends! I often even joke “we accept pet-moms, soon to be moms, those who have moms, those who can spell the word mom…..”  Hopefully that covers most women ;)  Although I will say you may have to hear about our children not sleeping well or their odd poop habits during a long run… so just be prepared ;)

Courtenay showing off her bling

So it goes without saying that on twitter and facebook we have some “non-mom” fans and followers and we also follow those runner girls who aren’t moms….

In comes Courtenay (@autopilotlegs).

I don’t even know I found her on Twitter, but she kept showing up in my feed and she was cracking me up so I would reply to her posts.   One post in particular caught my attention.  The tweet said “Adoption process update: http://bringinghomelittleg.com/2012/06/25/yall-need-to-light-a-fire-under-our-patoots/

I have a few friends that have adopted, so I did what any good Twitter follower does – I stalked.  I read her story, I found out she has two blogs (the adoption blog and her running blog) and I felt like I got to know her a little bit more…. I couldn’t resist the temptation to ask her if I could feature her on our blog for “Super Mom Sunday”.  No, she’s not a mom…. YET….. but that’s what I love about her (among other things…) – her desire to adopt.

I saw a few posts about needing motivation for the application process, a few questions about the process and I figured our collection of mamas would be the best gals to ask!!!  I bet a number of you have adopted or are in the process of adopting and would love to offer up some advice, tips, etc.

Courtenay and her hubby Chris (and Murphy)

I won’t touch much on her running blog – she’s going through a little injury right now and I think she’s a little bummed  :(  (I’m sure a lot of you can relate to that too!).  This post is more about our “Super Mom (to be!) and you know what they say, when God closes one door he opens another.  You just never know if this minor running set back is what Courtenay needs to get going on the adoption process!! 

I hope you will take the time to read her two blogs – she’s a pretty awesome chick and I’m glad I found her!!!   I love how quirky and ‘real’ she is when it comes to a lot of stuff and I have a feeling you will find her as easy to relate to as I did!!!  From the friends who I know that have adopted I know it can be a long and expensive process – and I know word of mouth is great for “getting out there”.  Please consider sharing if you feel so inclined and be sure to follow her on her journey!!

And just because this is a running blog – I had to get a little running bio ;)  I asked Courtenay to share a little about herself and running history and this is what she had to say:

A little bit about me…

Well I was the girl growing up who would make herself physically ill over the idea of having to run the mile in gym class. I missed many a day home sick trying to avoid it. When I did make it there, I walked the mile and was ridiculed by my gym teacher (who was a “class act”). I spent the first 30 years of my life avoiding exercise. I gained a ton of weight in college and through diet, lost 30 lbs, but with running lost the last 20.

Courtenay and her BFF Alison

I took my first run 2 years ago this weekend on July 1st, 2010. I made it 0.23 of a mile around the gym track and collapsed in a heap of exhaustion on the floor. I was so tired that it almost ruined the rest of my day (which happened to be my 4th wedding anniversary). I had only ever intended on running one 5K just to say I did it. I hated running the first 3 months I trained, but after my first race in October of 2010, I was hooked.

Unfortunately I spent most of 2011 in and out of my sports clinic with multiple injuries: labral hip tear, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, soleus muscle strain, IT band syndrome, patella tracking disorder, and posterior tibial tendonitis. It was a ROUGH year that found me failing to reach the start line of 2 first half marathon attempts.

In August of last year I had enough and found myself a professional running coach named Josh Maio, based out of NYC, and I joined his“Team Sasquatch.” It was a long road, but I learned how to train properly, how to build up my endurance, and I have spent the last 10 months pain-free. I ran my heart out, PRd some distances, and finally made it to my first half marathon in Fargo, ND on May 19th of this year. It was an experience I will NEVER forget and it was one giant party for 13.1 miles.

Unfortunately I apparently have been running on a tibial stress reaction for the past 2 months and I am now in a cam walking boot, getting therapy again at the clinic, and I’m confined to a stationary bike for indefinite amount of time. Even though I have had multiple injuries in the past, I have never had to fully stop running and this is a blow I didn’t see coming and one I’m desperately trying to get through with my head held high.

I will rise above this and I will make it to the start line of another half marathon (hopefully October 21st because I’ve already registered for it!). I know with the help of my coach, my doctor, and my friends and hubby, this will be another blip on the radar I have to overcome.

And hey, I at least have more time to get going on this adoption stuff!!

Thanks Courtenay for letting me share your story!!
Find her on Twitter: @autopilotlegs
Facebook: I Swear My Legs Are On Auto-Pilot
Adoption Blog: http://bringinghomelittleg.com
Running Blog: http://autopilotlegs.com

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