Woman runs 3,400 miles for wounded veterans

Woman runs 3,400 miles for wounded veterans

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Long-distance running helped Anna Judd overcome challenges in life and she used that experience to help America's veterans struggling with their own conditions.

Judd completed a 3,400- mile run from Venice, California to Lower Manhattan over five months in an effort to draw awareness to America's wounded soldiers. She arrived in New York City on Saturday afternoon.

"I feel pretty good. I think your body can adjust to anything. It was a huge physical challenge. I wanted to challenge myself to my limitations not just physically but emotionally and make a difference in the world," said Judd.

The veteran suicide rate is 22 a day, added Judd, and the number with psychological and mental health problems including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder is high.

"I wanted to sympathize with their struggle," said Judd who averaged a marathon a day, five days a week.

Her greatest accomplishment, however, might not be so obvious.

Judd faced many of the challenges deployed soldiers face and it was the people she met along the way that had the most impact.

“What really made a difference in my own life was the outpouring of love and generosity in America that came out to support me in my run," said Judd.

She plans on turning her experience in a documentary.

"We have thousands of hours of footage," said Judd.

"A lot of people doubted me even during my trip. The trick is to focus on putting one foot in front of the other and taking it one day at a time," said Judd.

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