Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work- both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Liz Densmore, a 34-year-old mom from Brandon, Mississippi with a deep love for running. Liz loves running races that contribute to her favorite causes, such as the upcoming Jingle Bell Jog benefiting Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. Liz recently completed her first half marathon, the Women’s Series 13.1 in Nashville benefiting Chrons Disease research, and she looks forward to participating in a full marathon, the Spartan Sprint and the Warrior Dash. 

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

My greatest accomplish to date is the completion of the Nashville Women’s Series 13.1. I trained for 12 weeks for the race and came in under my goal time! It felt GREAT! I can’t wait to run a full marathon!

How did you achieve it?

I achieved my goal of running the 13.1 with dedication and determination. You can’t train for an endurance race without committing to your training and putting it first. NO EXCUSES. I ran in the extreme heat, the rain, when I was tired….but I set my mind to doing the 13.1 and nothing was going to stop me. I made a commitment to myself. I dedicated each mile to a person who has been an inspiration in my life. And then I ran the last 1.1 for someone very special to me. It was an AMAZING experience that I can’t wait to repeat! 

What motivates you to make the world a better place?

My four-year-old son is my greatest motivator. I want him to see his mom as strong and capable. And I NEVER want him to see me quit or give up. I want to make the world a better place for him and his children.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

I believe that health is 70% what you put INTO your body and 30% what you do WITH your body. So I work very hard to balance clean, nutritional eating with running and some cross training. I love running outside and I love participating in local boot camps. I am a competitor, so having others exercising with me keeps me motivated to increase my fitness level. 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

The best piece of advice I have been given regarding running is that you have to remember that YOU are your biggest competitor. You are not competing against other runners. You are competing against yourself. It’s not about being better than the other runners out there. It’s about being better than you were yesterday. And also, when your mind is telling you to stop and your body wants to give out, run with your HEART.

What is your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

My favorite thing about CharityMiles is that I can do something I love and contribute to a great cause: The Wounded Warrior Project. I am absolutely thrilled that my running is helping this great group. When I get tired and want to quit, I think about what our wounded soldiers have had to endure and it keeps me going.

Who do you exercise for, and why?

I exercise for me. For my health. So that I can hopefully be around for a long time to watch my son grow up and to be with my family and loved ones. I want to be a positive example, not only for my son, but for my friends and family as a whole. I want them to see that if I can do it, anyone can. It just takes the desire to want to be better than you were yesterday.

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