Allie McLaughlin

Why I Took the Pledge

Photo Credit: Tim Bergsten, Pikes Peak Sport
Photo Credit: Tim Bergsten, Pikes Peak Sport

I run clean because running and working out is the purest escape in my life and a true gift from God. Between the 1st world struggles of just this week including shattering my iPhone screen, causing a fender bender in a company car and having like 10 text messages I haven’t responded to.. I have enough to stress and feel guilty about. Not to mention the balancing of 3 part time jobs, finding a “real” job, and still asking my parents for money. When I go run or hammer in the gym though, I can forget about everything for a moment. Running has always been simple and that’s what I love about it. Just me and the miles ahead. Nothing will ever taint that for me.. Except for injuries, injuries kind of complicate running sometimes. But only in a way in which we come out stronger having to overcome. Not like drugs where the person who really loses out it the one taking them cause shortcuts never lead to anywhere worth while.