“When my then fiancé, now husband, was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, my entire perspective on life changed. Things that seemed to be important before didn’t matter anymore. We both felt an array of emotions — scared, angry and sad as we were going through such a life-changing event in our mid-20s. I had run a handful of races before his diagnosis ranging from 5Ks to half marathons. I definitely had the running bug, but his cancer diagnosis really hit me hard and transformed my running. For a while, running was the only thing that got me out of bed each morning. I ran more than I had because it made me feel like myself again. It helped me clear my head each morning, reset for the day and be ready for what life had in store for me. I know it’s cliché to say running is my therapy, but during that life event it really was and still is today. Thankfully, my husband has been cancer free since 2012. Running helped me keep a clear mind and allowed me to stay positive through it all. ” – HOKA Field Service Rep Melissa Territo from Austin, TX
Melissa’s favorite shoe is the Mach.