My distance running journey started during veterinary school, where I discovered that I needed an outlet for the high levels of stress students are placed under. I had enjoyed running since high school, and decided it would be fun (and good for my mental, physical, and marital health) to train for a half marathon. I printed out a training plan to keep me accountable, and completed my first half marathon during my second year of veterinary school. Little did I know this would be just the beginning of a long term love of distance running, and that two short years later I would be crossing the finish line of my first marathon!
Not every run is easy, or fast, or pretty. Some days, when it’s hot and humid and things are hurting, I wonder why I ever thought this was a good idea. But at the end of the day, I realize that every mile is a gift. There are so many people who wish they could run and cannot. There may come a day when I am no longer able to run. But until that day comes, I am extremely thankful for the positive impact that running has in my life. I love the challenge of achieving a new distance, or beating an old PR. I love the way it helps me relax after a stressful day. I love the way it gets me outside and helps me enjoy and appreciate God’s creation. I love the way it teaches me that with a little time, effort, and faith, I am capable of more than I ever dreamed.
The purpose of this blog is to document my running journey. I hope it provides some encouragement to fellow runners, and perhaps some entertainment to friends and family! Most of all, I hope that each race brings glory to the One who gave me the ability to run, and that I will never take this gift for granted.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”