By:The Well Mom/DivineCaroline
When Brianna Grant laces up her sneakers and hits the road, she returns home with a clear head.“
The days I manage to run are my strongest, smoothest days,” she says. The mom of a four-year-old son and sixteen-month-old daughter wasn’t always a runner. The former teacher says she uncovered her inner athlete five years ago when she coached a group of third grade girls in an after school program.
“The enthusiasm and encouragement of these girls, along with the supportive nature of the running community, drove me to cross the finish line of my first marathon (with my husband!) in 2003,” says the twenty-nine-year-old.
With her newfound passion and her first child on the way, she decided to write a children’s book about running to inspire young girls and their moms to give it a try.
“We Are Girls Who Love to Run / Somos Chicas Y a Nosotras Nos Encanta Correr is my way of reaching out to girls who are seeking their own life balance. It allows me to cheer for girls as they discover their inner strength through running,” explains Grant, who lives outside Seattle.
The book, illustrated by the talented Nicholas A. Wright, was published with the help of Grant’s mom and co-founder of their business, Balanced Steps. Along with bright images of spirited girls, it features affirmations about the sense of well-being and accomplishment running can bring.
“I am strong. My body becomes more flexible as I run. My mind sharpens and my spirit soars,” the narrator of We Are Girls Who Love to Run tells her audience.
The 750-word picture book has won praise from some elite members of the running world including, Olympic medalist Deena Kastor and Katherine Switzer, the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon.
“I want girls (and their moms—who are really girls at heart!) to get a sense of their inner strengths and embrace themselves for who they are.