My name is Brenda Ritter, I was born and raised in Missoula. I graduated from Big Sky High School in 2003 and immediately left Missoula to join the United States Air Force. I am not in the Air Force anymore, but my husband is; we are currently stationed in Florida.
My husband is currently deployed to Iraq so I moved back home to Missoula while he is gone for 7 months. He is due to return home the first week in July, I signed us both up for the Missoula Half Marathon. He is training on a treadmill in the gym. (It is too dangerous and too hot to run outside where he is.)
I am a new member of Run Wild Missoula and am training with the marathon training class. I have a few things on my bucket list, one is to run a marathon. I ran my first 5K a few weeks ago, will be running the 10K at the Riverbank Run, and if all goes as planned, will be running the half marathon with my husband on July 10th.
I figure these are good steps toward the eventual completion of a full marathon someday. I am so grateful for the running community in Missoula and all the opportunities to run in the city I love. I love running because it helps me deal with the stress of my husband being gone and being in a dangerous situation. It gives me something constructive to do with my time, I feel better every time I run. Many people have asked me recently if I am a runner, and my answer is "No, but I want to be!"