Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work- both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Shanni Wiedl,  a wife and stay at home mother of three young children. She’s recently become e a runner and more importantly, she hopes, a motivator. As Shanni says: “Running and writing have become my outlets. Each day I try to write about something positive. Most days it involves my children, because they are my life and frankly, hilarious. I have also begun writing about my own journey that has made me a runner.  I did not intend to motivate others to get in shape or to get moving, but simply to share my stories.  I have so many, as we all do.”

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

Not to sound too cliché, but it’s my children (and I won’t tell you how I achieved it, but it was quite traditional.) I also recently ran the Philly Broad Street 10 Miler and the Runners World Bethlehem Half. I also ran the MCM 10K with my sister and niece (and other family members) in support of my brother in law who is currently serving in Afghanistan. (Hoping to run the full marathon next year with him.)

What motivates you to make the world a better place?

 My children motivate me to make the world a better place. I recently read this quote on Pinterest: “Be the person you want your children to be when they grow up.” Every day I see how my actions, my words, my mood and my involvement shape my children. They mimic me, in their play, in how they communicate with others, in their behavior. Being a parent is like having a time machine to the future. I’m doing my best to make sure my kids learn what the future can be, by modeling it for them in the present.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

 I cook real food for most weekday meals yet maintain a healthy understanding of reality. I attend a cardio-toning class at the gym almost daily and have plans to start yoga. I run to get out of my head (I do not follow a plan, I just go). I am active with my family.

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

My grandfather always told us to “adapt.” He was so very wise.

What is your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

My favorite aspect of using Charity Miles is that it’s so easy to use.  I’m already running, why not run for a good cause? Plus I don’t have to check my bank account…just click on the app, choose the charity, and go!

Who do you exercise for, and why?

I exercise for me. It makes me feel great, and when I feel great, life just works better. 

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