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Angus Smith

Black Girls Run! Austin - Ambassador

My name is Angus Smith, I'm originally from Baton Rouge, La and been in Austin for 19 years. I am also the mother of two daughters 16 and 26 as well as a grandmother of one grandson. I have always been active since high school but then life happened. My oldest daughter was diagnosed with cancer and from there my main focus was her health and not mine. During this time I gained a lot of weight, went into depression due to life's issues and lost myself in the midst of it all. It wasn't until my mom pointed out how much weight I had gained along with fluid. She said one thing that scared me and it was if that fluid get under your heart this will not be a good thing for you. Once my mom told me that, I immediately had to get myself together because I had my babies to live for and be here for my family. I started working out taking care of my health. I then came across a group called Black Girls Run and decided this would be an awesome way to stay motivated with ladies who were reaching for the same goals as I was. I joined the group back in 2013 but was intimidated by the miles everyone was doing. I then had to shake out of this mindset of fear and just get out there and do it. I started off small and worked myself up to the miles eventually. The more I came out the more I loved cheering and encouraging the ladies around me. As I continued my journey with the group I set some goals to do races and start training. I loved the changes I saw and I felt more energized and excited. I was asked to become Ambassador back in 2016 and have been enjoying the journey every since encouraging ladies of all levels. I went from running 5k's 10k's half marathon to doing a full marathon. I never thought in a million years I would get to that point but it's because of BLACK GIRLS RUN and being around like minded ladies, it kept me motivated. This movement SAVED MY LIFE and I am forever a BGR!!