I have always been a runner, but my focus was mostly track & field. Once I graduated from college, my running was recreational and later when I joined the Army it became part of my job. Truly at that point it became more of a love/hate relationship, and it lost its appeal to me. Then in 2012 I experienced a crisis like I'd never had before and instinctively I turned to the one thing that was a constant for me: running. Witnessing a person you respect and admire being killed in front of you is something I never thought I would experience but when it happened, the aftermath left me raw and I turned my back on the world. The morning after this happened I woke up, changed into my running clothes, laced up my shoes and ran. I did not have a time frame nor a destination. All I knew is that I needed to run. And so I did. Every morning and sometimes in the afternoon, running helped me cope with all the thoughts and emotions I felt I could not express because I still had a job to do as a Soldier. But running gave me the outlet to release my energy and just be in the moment. Many of those runs ended in tears but they helped me to finally move on. And with that came a little bit of peace of mind as the days went by. And slowly but surely I started finding myself once again... and I learned to smile again. So you can say that running transformed my life by allowing me deal with a traumatic experience and in the process I found a stronger version of me. This is a me I did not know I had.