Pre-race traditions are pretty much the same for everyone: Put on your favorite running socks (cause blisters suck), lace up the shoes you’ve grown unreasonably attached to, and head to the start line. Running does not discriminate, and few people know that better than Amelia Gapin, the first trans woman to be featured on the cover of Women’s Running magazine. Not only is she on the cover, Gapin, the cofounder of MyTransHealth, also opens up about running becoming an outlet during her transition. Here’s part of the inspiring story she told People magazine:

It gave me a place to work through all of the external things, like dealing with other people, and how to approach coming out to people and how to explain. And when conversations didn’t go well—I lost friends because of it—running was a nice outlet for getting out some of that frustration.