Self-taught runner, certified teacher,
motivator, author, public speaker, and coach
Mary created STRONGER AS ONE as a way to bring two of her great loves together…running and teaching others! She believes that it is every woman’s right to live her life to her fullest potential. It is through a sense of community that education, empowerment, discussion, and supporting one another is encouraged. Mary believes that this combination is one that will lead women to realize their full potential.
“I am motivated to help women become a stronger version of themselves because I firmly and proudly believe that anything is possible. I am living proof of that.”
Hard work, dedication, focus, and an unrelenting drive to make a difference in the world around her, is what has led Mary to where she is today. It’s her view that if she can reach one woman, then that woman can bring her STRONGER self to those around her, and then those around her will be inspired to be their best selves. The ripple effect created by that has the possibility to spread across our whole world.
In Mary’s personal life she is a wife to her husband of seventeen years and a mother to her two children. She volunteers her time as a Girl Scout leader and is a member of the P.E.O. sisterhood. She enjoys traveling, reading, being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, and doing all that she can to make the world a better place.
Running with Mary! It was my first Marathon! I was so nervous. I was running this entire marathon alone… so I thought. I ended up with my good friend Mary who said “I’ll run it with you!” I knew Mary was a much stronger runner than I and I remembered thinking “I don’t want to slow her down!” I tried to give her “an out” but she was determined to run right by my side and help me finish my first marathon! I remember the first half feeling relatively easy. After the halfway point I felt pretty good until about mile 15. I remember telling Mary I didn’t think I was going to make it and I didn’t want to slow her down so she could keep going… but Mary refused to leave my side. She believed in me and she knew I could make it.
The finish line was so close, adrenaline started to pump. I remember Mary grabbing my hand and said “I told you you were going to make it!” I cried when I crossed that finish line! I will never forget how accomplished I felt that day! But the thing that sticks out the most will always be my friend Mary being the constant reminder to me of how much we need one another. She truly inspired me and reminded me that day that I was stronger than I thought I was. Together as one we accomplished that marathon! I will always be thankful for Mary for not giving up on me even when I wanted to give up on myself!
Jill M. Johnson
“Mary gave me the best advice when she saw me apprehensive about one challenge we were doing. “Run YOUR race.” It was simple. She said not to worry about time, or finishing or not finishing. Run the race you are there to run. It was great advice. Since then, she has been my cheerleader on several occasions, including just hanging out pre-race or meeting up post-race. My favorite are the races that Mary hasn’t run. She sent me encouraging texts throughout the race, from “hey hey, that’s 5k!” to “you are the one who is moving forward, you are the one who has the strength to move on,” to her telling me a 10k is no more than 5 miles and change. It’s incredible when you are in the middle of a longer run and you start having bits of doubt creeping in, to get a message like that from someone who believes in you and who can instantly change your outlook to something positive.”
“I have run 2 half marathons with Mary. One we ran partway through together. You kinda forget your running when running with Mary. The second was a half I didn’t even train for and didn’t even know I was going to run until two days prior to the race. Mary stuck with me the whole entire time and I was ever so greatful for her support and encouragement. Having someone running by your side makes a whole world difference and with that, anything is possible! And that’s how I felt after that race with my running girls, like I could do anything!”
“I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to run with Mary. She is such a positive force during a race. Running with her during the Wineglass Half made the miles fly by and knowing the she was cheering us all on during the Princess half helped me get through the hot and muggy last 3 miles! Her energy and positivity really keep me going during a difficult run. I feel so lucky to have met her.”
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