Her Story: Bridget Simpson, Running for Health

Because nothing motivates us to stay healthy and active more than hearing stories of other athletic women, Women's Running brings you Her Story, profiles of women like you.

Bridget Simpson
Franklin, Tennessee

Age: 43

In 2005, I crossed the finish line of the Country Music 1/2 Marathon on my 40th birthday. Since then, I've completed more than 12 marathons and half marathons, and am still going strong!

Before I took control of my life and became healthy and fit, I dealt with Blastocystis hominis, a difficult digestive disorder that causes abdominal cramping and severe bloating. I chose to use this diagnosis as a wake-up call: I immediately changed everything about my eating habits and began working out daily as opposed to whenever the mood hit. I switched to an almost 100-percent organic diet and tripled my intake of fruits and vegetables.

The result? I no longer have this digestive issue and never had to take prescription medicine. Now I'm averaging a running event per month, sometimes two.

What I've come to realize is that age is truly just a number--you're never too old to reach your peak. I've also learned that my best runs are those in which I let myself get lost in the joy of being out there.

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