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In college, Dorothy Beal was overweight and smoked. But, her family stepped in to help her and eventually she started running, doing her first marathon in 2003.
After working at different running and race companies, like Brooks and Moving Comfort, she became a stay-at-home mom and “wanted contact with the outside world,” she said. She also wanted to help inspire others with her story.
In 2009, she launched her blog, Mile Posts, which is primarily personal posts and race reports, as well as inspirational messages like her “I Run This Body” t-shirts. While it takes up a lot of time, it’s also become nearly a full-time job now, leading to opportunities such as taking part in a Saucony ad campaign and posing as the cover model for Women’s Running.
“I would have given this up a long time ago if people didn’t email me and tell me I was making a difference,” said Beal.