Tekia Denwiddie is a mother, half marathoner, goal crusher and overall amazing person. Tekia decided to train for a half marathon after her son who is a patient at St. Jude encouraged her to do so. Her journey was long and hard but she made it (she got lost in the middle of the race)! In this podcast Tekia talks to us about who she is, her relationship with running, and lastly she gives new runners advice to help them crush their goals.
“The key is…I kept going, I was in a lot of pain, it took me forever, but I didn’t stop and I finished “ -Tekia Denwiddie
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- 1:07 – Learn who Tekia Denwiddie is and why she decided to run a half marathon.
- 2:56 – Tekia talks about how she trained for the half marathon (and overcame) – “Finding and making the time and balance was the hardest part of training.”
- 4:50 – Tekia talks about obstacles she faced during her training. – “Everyday was an obstacle…I had to change the negative thoughts and remember why I was training.”
- 6:51 – Tekia discusses how she felt the day of her half marathon. – “It felt amazing but I was scared!” “The energy of the race was amazing.”
- 8:36 – Tekia discusses the obstacles she faced during her race. – “Mile 7 I ended up going in the wrong direction and got lost.” I had no phone, money and I was in an unsafe neighborhood…but I still finished.” “Someone tried to sell me something out of their purse.” “It was an adventure.”
- 19:10 – Tekia talks about the impacts that running has had on her life. I completed the race for my son, the kids at St. Jude and most importantly…MYSELF!”.
- 20:48 – What would Tekia tell her pass/younger self – “Stay positive and believe in yourself!”
- 21:24 – Tekia gives her favorite running resources
- 22:55 – Learn about Tekia’s goals for this year.
- 24:00 – Words of Wisdom from Tekia – “Stay active and don’t give up!”
Resources Mentioned During the Podcast
- Zero to Running E-Book
- St. Jude Research Children’s Hospital
- Couch to 5K
- Map My Run
- St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
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What you missed in the last episode?
In episode 8, we sat down with Michelle Hercules-Walker and we talked about how her faith combined with running helped her work through depression and suicidal thoughts, help her go from 317 lbs to Runner World’s Cover! Check out 300 Pounds and Running Podcast episode8 now!
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