Sharonda McMullen has been inducted into the 2017 class of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series Hall of Fame. Some 500,000 people run in Rock 'n' Roll races throughout the year with 4,600 people attempting to reach the Hall of Fame. Only 150 people made it through, and this St. Louis native is one of them. Sharonda ran 15 half marathons, which qualified her for the Hall of Fame. In total, she ran 230.5 miles, earned 50 medals, running 28 races in 15 cities across 12 states and 2 countries.
McMullen, 43, has been running for only 2 years. She offered two tips on running this kind of distance. First, find a training plan and stick. Then, and more importantly, get your mind right. She feels that mental drive far outweighs physical ability. The thought process she follows in running long distances can be applied to anything you pursue, she said. She said to focus on acting in a productive way towards making the image you see in your mind become a reality.
Through every step, every trip, every race, every ache, every finish, and every victory, she was inspired by a quote from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “You don't have to see the whole staircase, just the first step.” Don’t let the massiveness of a major project discourage you, she advised. Get your mind right, and succeed.