Eighteen years ago, Brenda was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Her doctors instructed her to build a ramp for her house and prepare for life in a wheelchair. She didn’t follow those instructions.
“I started running instead.”
Even today her doctors continue to be amazed at her level of activity, but they also tell her to keep going, which is one instruction that Brenda agrees to follow.
What other physical activities do you enjoy besides running?
I started taking karate classes in my 40s. Now I’m a second degree black belt and teach Tae Kwon Do at American States Karate.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
I run a half-marathon once a year, and I want to keep doing that. I also want to visit all 50 states and run a race in each state. I am going to Chicago in December to start on that goal.
Who supports you the most?
My biggest support comes from my husband, Dallas. He has always been there for me, telling me that I can do it.
What has been your favorite event so far?
In any of the races, I’ve enjoyed meeting new people and watching them work hard. My favorite race is the Get Lucky 7K in the Twin Cities. You can even have beer afterwards!
What is your biggest challenge right now?
I do have plenty of bad days, and I was hoping to run more races this past year. One of my knees has been a challenge for me as well.
What would you say to motivate someone else?
I just want people to know that they can do it. They can run, and they can finish the race. It’s not about medals - even the last person finishing the race deserves a medal. It’s about being able to keep going.