Kathryn Wallskog shares her experience with the Psychs on Bikes crew at the 2015 Mankato Marathon.
“I had a great experience helping out with the Psychs on Bikes Team at the Mankato Marathon. Right away, I had no idea what to expect since I had no previous experience with Marathon runners. At the beginning of the race, a few classmates and I stood at the starting area and offered encouragement to those preparing to run. After the start, we began biking with the runners and asked them if they wanted a talking buddy to take their mind off running. I had the privilege to speak with several runners. Notably, I talked to one lady who had run two marathons in as many weeks and was going to run an ultra-marathon the following weekend. We talked about her passion for running and what she loved about the sport. I was amazed by her dedication and commitment to running, and the fact that she could run so much in such little time. I also got to spend several miles talking to a lady who was running because she had the goal of completing a marathon before she turned 40. We had a great conversation, and I found that I strongly related to her personal struggle with body image. We talked for over an hour about life and our experiences. There were a few times that she was struggling, but I did my best to encourage her and help her realize how far she had already come. I found that what she wanted most was somebody to talk to and share her experience with. I saw her at the finish line and congratulated her, and told her that I was happy to be a part of her journey. Overall, I am very glad that I got to be a part of the Mankato Marathon – it was an inspiration to watch so many people accomplish their goals.”