When Malia Glover’s kids approached her and said they wanted her to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona 5K with them, she recalls saying, “I always tell you guys to step out of your comfort zone, so let’s do it.”
The single mother of five (ages 2 through 17), who is a full-time Manager, Provider Relations for Synchrony Financial’s Arizona site, wanted to get back into running through an employee engagement program called Synchrony Rocks. The program offers complimentary race entries for employees and their family through Synchrony’s partnership with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.
“When I initially said no to running, it was because, I guess, that fear of running. I knew what it took to run,” she says. But Malia found amazing support through both her employer of 18-plus years and her family.
“There’s never a dull moment in my family and in my life,” Malia says. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Upon successfully completing the 5K, Malia had quite the surprise at the finish line when her manager, Alex Price, offered her the opportunity to run the Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Brooklyn-an experience she would get to enjoy with her family in the Big Apple.
Malia worked hard to build up to the half-marathon distance of 13.1 miles, since the 5K (3.1 miles) had been her farthest race. She joined a gym and found a running partner in her oldest son, Elijah.
The race is done, and it’s time to relax and recover. These items will help your favorite strider do what’s best to get them back out logging miles in no time.
Polar M430 Advanced Running Watch, $229.95
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Normatec Pulse Leg Recovery System, $1,395
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