Posted On: Wednesday, April 23 09:00 AM, by Bailey Fish
Bailey (center) with Alpha Rho members after her first marathon.
I’m a very goal-oriented person, and that’s how I accomplish things. I began running when I came to the University of South Dakota in 2011, and when I decided I wanted to run a full marathon, my sisters were behind me every step of the way.
During my freshman year of college, I felt like I needed something to work toward regarding my personal fitness. I’ve always been active, but the avenue changed slightly when I came to college. I was no longer playing softball or soccer every day, so I picked up running to stay healthy.
I got comfortable with my running after doing numerous 5Ks, so I decided to begin training for a half-marathon at the end of freshman year. My friends in Kappa Alpha Theta were always very supportive of my workout schedule and encouraged me to keep going. I completed my first half-marathon in August of 2012.
After finishing the half-marathon, I was immediately asked whether I would do a full marathon. Running the full was a bit of a bucket list item for me, but I was hesitant. Training for the full proved to be much more difficult than the half: I ran between 15 and 40 miles a week, and balancing that with schoolwork and maintaining an adequate diet was difficult. My Theta sisters provided constant support and love (and more than a few bagels!), especially when I was struggling through a bad day.
During my training, I was lucky enough to run the Northern Hills Area CASA half-marathon in Spearfish, S.D., which benefited CASA. Again at this event, I felt the support of Theta just by knowing I was running for our cause. September 8, 2013, was my big race day! I knew my family and a few close friends were coming to cheer me on, but the biggest surprise of the day was that four of my Theta sisters drove an hour to support me during the race! I had never felt more Theta love than during the last 10 miles when they sprayed me with water, gave me ice cubes, or just made me smile and laugh.
During one point in the race, a woman running near me asked, “Who is Bailey?” I spoke up and said that was me. She responded, “Well those people must really love you!” It was that point that made me truly realize how much Theta has given me.
Bailey Fish, Alpha Rho/South Dakota, is a sophomore and serves her chapter as chief administrative officer.