Road to Gazelle Girl: Erin’s story

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — In 2015, more than 3,500 women ran in the Gazelle Girl half-marathon and 5k. For 700 of those women it was their first race. The all-female event is inspiring for so many people, and for one woman in particular it’s been a total game changer.

Erin Bowerman was awarded the Sole Sisters scholarship and started training in December. They are a group of women runners and friends seeking to enrich the lives of women in transition through running and being active! Sole Sisters is helping Erin train for the Gazelle Girl half marathon. Find out more about Erin’s story from her interview on eightWest.

Erin will be blogging about her journey with WOTV 4 Women. Check back each week to follow her journey. Here’s how she did last week:

Wednesday, February 17 at 10 p.m.

Erin Bowerman

As a single parent of 2 wonderful kids, it can be a challenge getting my runs in. Tonight they had Cub Scouts and girls’ club for a couple of hours. Thankfully a friend offered to bring them home, leaving me with just over 1.5 hours by myself. I was tempted to go home and just sit in the quiet, but also knew that I was not sure when I would have this much time to get in a good run. I ran in the house after dropping them off, grabbed my running clothes, head lamp and reflective gear for a run outside in the dark. These 5 miles came much easier than I thought they would. It had been a week and a half since I ran outside. I prefer to run outside with a destination in mind. This was a good run and I had 15 minutes of that quiet all to myself and I enjoyed every minute more because I made it outside for that run.

Saturday, February 20 at 1 p.m.

Erin Bowerman gazelle girl

6 mile day. I thought this was going to be an easy one today. Last week we did 8 miles, so this should be no problem, right? Well, the Sole Sisters group gathered at 8 am like normal. We started up and I kept up with the others at a pace much faster than I typically go. That tired me out in the start. After that, I realized that there were a lot more rolling hills than I am used to. It was a long 6 miles, but I did it! I walked more than I did during the 8 miles, but I have to remind myself that I have so much to be proud of and not to beat myself up about it. I still went the 6 miles! I can do this!


Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5k
Sunday, April 17
Register now through Feb. 28 – $25
Feb. 29-April 15 – $30
Register at Expotique, April 16 – $35


Editor’s note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of WOTV 4 Women, its staff and/or contributors to this site.

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