It has been almost seven years since Lisa Hallett first hit the pavement to help cope with her grief after her husband, Army Capt. John Hallett, was killed in Afghanistan. Since those emotion-charged runs through the streets of DuPont, Washington, why she runs has not changed. But who she runs with has.
“The early runs were a place of desperate survival,” she said. “My world was chaos, I was overcome with grief, and the act of running empowered me with literally and figuratively moving forward with my life.”
John’s death in Afghanistan in August, 2009, left Hallett alone with two toddler sons and a three-week-old baby who never got to meet her father. Running wasn’t new to Hallett, but running to deal with grief was. When she needed friends by her side, other Army wives whose husbands were also deployed with John’s unit, the 1-17 Infantry Battalion out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, joined her.