My name is Erin Henderson. I am 35 years old and live in the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming (although I was born and raised in NY). I am married to my soul mate and best friend, Josh, and we have 12 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. That's five daughters and seven sons... 12! Our oldest is 16 (ikes!) and our youngest is 3. They are ALL ours. :)
I have been a runner since April 25. 2009. Since that very first run I have been hooked! I lost over 75lbs and have become a healthier, happier and more confident person.
I run 80-100 miles a week most weeks, and the marathon is my favorite distance to race. Love it! I am sponsored by Brooks and love being a part of the Brooks ID Program.
My current goal is to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. 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 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.
I am also a running coach, and love helping other runners reach their goals and find their potential through running.
Check out the article that was I was featured in in Runner's World Magazine!
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 better balance my life. Running has given me a wonderful friendship that I desperately needed. 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.