Runners getting ready for Bellin Women’s Half Marathon

Emily Nichols running with stroller

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) — More than 1,300 runners will compete in the second annual Bellin Women’s Half Marathon Saturday.

Last year, Action 2 News introduced viewers to Emily Nichols, a runner who wanted to compete in the race every year, despite any obstacles that she may face.

Training for last year’s race was an interesting experience for Nichols, who was pregnant with her first child.

Her daughter, Audrey Patricia, was born just a few months after the race.

However, Nichols had a goal.

“When I did it when I was pregnant the whole point was that I wanted to start it from the beginning and do it every year,” Nichols said.

The race was challenging.

“I was so proud of myself when I was done. It just was a great feeling,” Nichols said.

This year, baby in tow, training has gotten hard.

“Things change when you have a baby so it’s a little bit harder to squeeze everything in,” said Nichols.

For Nichols, staying healthy and setting a good example for her daughter is a priority.

“Doing a race is really motivating for me to continue running because of the training schedule,” Nichols said.

Her doctor said after a baby, getting back into a healthy routine is good.

She said it doesn’t have to be as extreme as running 13.1 miles.

“It’s finding out what is that thing for you that’s going to keep you motivated and it’s going to help to continue and evolve your wellness and your health,” said Dr. Kristin Lyerly, Bellin Health Generations.

Nichols said she is ready for this year’s race.

“I think it’s going to be easier. I mean, I’m not 28 weeks pregnant this year so that’s a good start,” said Nichols.