Commit to Fit: Lisa Barbour

We started the #StrideChallenge on Oct. 19. Since then, athletes and Unified partners across Pennsylvania have ran, walked and rolled their way to more than 11,000 total miles!!

We wanted to share one story that was particularly touching from Lisa Barbour in Philadelphia. Here’s what she wrote:

“My name is Lisa Barbour I am a Special Olympics PA Philadelphia athlete. I started doing At Home training so that I could continue working on my sports training. I also, wanted to lose weight and build up my endurance. I wanted to help myself be healthier and last longer in the game. I am also, doing the Fitness Stride Challenge with my sister, Michelle.

I originally signed myself up for the Stride Challenge for 25 miles. Recently, Michelle and I did Healthy Lifestyles Athlete training, so I could become a Health and Fitness Coordinator. That was when Michelle heard about the Stride Challenge. I told her that I was already signed up. Michelle said that we could still do it as a unified team. She said we could do 200 miles. My reply to her was “200 Miles! I don’t think I can do that much plus my 25.” My sister, Michelle said I think you can. Remember you walk your dog, Khalessi at least 2 to 3 miles a day. My sister walks her dog, Roper everyday as well as part of our challenge. As I write this today, November 16th we have only 60 miles left to meeting our goal of 200. I am so excited and proud of myself for taking on this challenge.

As a result of doing this Fitness Stride Challenge and At-Home Sports Training, I have beat my personal best for the 10 meter soccer dribble going from 12 seconds to now being able to do it within 9 seconds. I also lost weight, a total of 23 pounds and I am in better shape and I feel great! I feel healthier and I can’t wait for the Heptathlon Challenge to start so that I can do more work-outs and trainings. Commit to Fit is awesome!”

#CommitToFit | #InclusionRevolution

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Special Olympics Pennsylvania

The mission of Special Olympics Pennsylvania is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

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