My name is Whitley Waldrop, and I am certified through the Road Runners Club of America. I fell in love with running on my elementary school track, and I have not stopped running since. Throughout my high school track and field and cross country career, I won several individual track and field AHSAA State Titles and an All-State Cross Country title. I signed with Jacksonville State University to run track and field and cross country. I competed at JSU from 2011-2016. During my collegiate career, I set individual records in the indoor 600m, indoor 800m, outdoor 800m, and 1500m. I still hold those records today. I was also a part of the record-breaking Distance Medley Relay and 4x800m Relay. I was a three time All-Ohio Valley Conference student-athlete and the first Jacksonville State University athlete to medal in both the 800m and 1500m. After college, I got married, continued running and racing, began teaching high school English, and started coaching at track and field and cross country at the high-school level. In January 2018, my husband and I welcomed our son. Since then, life has TOTALLY changed. I realized running and getting back to prime fitness is challenging, but it can be done. In March 2019, I ran my first marathon, the Skidaway Island Marathon, and won it with a time of 3:08. This earned me a 2020 Boston Qualifying time. When Boston was cancelled, I decided to run a solo virtual marathon. I set a new PR of 3:05. My postpartum return to running ignited a greater desire to help others overcome those obstacles that may often feel insurmountable. As a wife, mom, teacher, and runner, I know it can be tough to carve out time for yourself. But, YOU matter. You CAN do hard things. Sometimes, all you need is someone to show you how, hold you accountable, and push you to your greatest heights.