Some people pay big money for therapy.
Andrea Brambila just needs an open trail and a good pair of running shoes.
“It’s one of the few times I feel really solid and confident in myself," she said.
Out here, she’s free to think.
“Being a mom, it’s one of the few times I have to be alone with my own thoughts," said Andrea.
She discovered this path to peace about a decade ago. Then, a couple of years ago, she started her own blog, Metcons and Miles to help others get started.
“And also provide some encouragement and some light-hearted humor from time to time," said Andrea.
Andrea is more than a runner, she's a fighter, always ready to speak out for change.
The murder of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen was a tipping point.
“I know there is an issue with missing and murdered women in indigenous populations," she said. "It’s something that’s been on my radar for a long time.
She wanted to make a difference. To raise awareness.
So she ran.
One hundred miles in one week.
Her readers followed her journey online, and throughout it all, she kept the names of missing or murdered indigenous women on their minds.
“So every day, if I ran 15 miles, I would share the names of 15 women," she said.
The run was exhausting work.
“There were a lot of trips to Einstein’s for some coffee and bagels," said Andrea.
But worth every mile.
“It was really empowering. It was a lot of fun," she said.
The run is complete, but the fight isn’t over.
She’s started a Gofundme to raise money for National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.
“I want people to know they have the ability to create positive change," said Andrea.