My name is Erin Henderson. I am 38 years old and live in the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming (although I was born and raised in NY). My husband, Josh, and I have 12 (soon to be 13) awesome kids. We have three biological sons, two daughters adopted from the US, one son adopted from the US, one daughter adopted from Vietnam, one daughter adopted from S. Korea, one daughter adopted from Ethiopia and three sons adopted from Ethiopia. We are in the process of bringing home our youngest - a toddler in China. That's six daughters and seven sons... 13! Our oldest is 20 (ikes!) and our youngest is 2. They are ALL ours. :)
Our youngest son has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, vision impairment, developmental delay and is fed by a g-tube. He was born in Ethiopia and we adopted him after his first adoptive family chose not to keep him. We were told he would likely never even be able to sit up, and now he walks, climbs, signs, says some words, and daily amazes us with his determination and beautiful spirit. Our little one in China was born with severe spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down. Both of them are huge inspirations to me.
I have been a runner since April 25. 2009. I had never run before and was trying to lose some weight and find myself. I barely survived a two mile loop and came home completely humbled, and yet also inspired and excited. Since that very first run I have been hooked. I went back out the next day and the next day, and before long I could run that two mile loop. Then I ran further. Then I ran faster. Then I started racing and realized that not only did I like it, but I was kind of good at it! I lost over 75lbs and have become a healthier, happier and more confident person.
I frequently run 80-100 mile weeks, and the marathon is my favorite distance to race. I love it! I run for Generation UCAN and EnduroPacks and am super grateful for their support. I am also an ambassador for Ogio.
My big picture goal is to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials. I know it is an ambitious goal and that it won't be an easy journey, but I am dedicated, excited, optimistic, and willing to put the work in and see what happens.
I am also an RRCA and USATF certified running coach, and love helping other runners reach their goals and find their potential through running.
I am a runner, and running has given me so much. Running has helped me lose and keep off over 75lbs. Running has given me a sense of personal satisfaction and accomplishment. Running has helped me reduce my stress and increase my patience. Running has helped me make taking care of myself a priority and to better balance my life. Running helped me find a part of myself... a part that is athletic, strong, tough, brave, determined, and confident...a part of me that I didn't know existed. Every day running betters my body, mind and soul.
My ultimate long term running goal is to be a runner for life. I want to always be able to start my day with a run... no matter how far or how fast (or slow) it is. I want to be one of those little white-haired ladies lined up at the start of races, chatting with everyone. I want to be able to say "I am a runner" for the rest of my life.
I get asked all the TIME how I "do it"... how I have 12 kids, and train as much as I do. Click here for my answer.
Check out the article that was I was featured in in Runner's World Magazine and this one in Women's Running Magazine!