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For the love of running

Posted on September 8, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Any runner has their running journey; mine started as a young girl, supporting my Dad and Uncle as they ran in Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon each October.  Myself and my four and then later five siblings would sit bundled up on the sidelines with our box of crayons and posters creating signs to hold when we would see my Dad and Uncle run past.  It was such a fun experience and one that we would look forward to each year, particularly for the end of race bagels that my Dad would sneak us and what would become the annual post-race chilli party at my Uncle and Aunt’s place. Running became a family affair. 

Since watching my dad fall in love with running (he didn’t start until his 40th Birthday), I too became addicted. Running became an integral part of my life. One that allowed my family to bond; especially when I trained for my first marathon with my Dad. I really enjoyed those runs with my dad through the country roads near our home in Ohio; finding fresh streams to drink out of, enjoying the sunsets during our runs and laughing as my Dad would inevitably “moo” at any and all cow pastures that we ran past. We would say prayers together on those runs, talk future plans–where I saw my career and life in the future, what him and my Mom were planning for their future, and how my siblings were doing. Running with my Dad became our “thing” and oftentimes my sisters and mom would join. Running became something that my family would bond over, something that still continues with family runs when I visit home. 

Running has not only helped my family became closer, it has fostered some of the most fruitful relationships I could wish for throughout college and graduate school. It has also given me the opportunity to explore and see cities in a new way. It has provided me with a healthy heart, strong muscles and joints and has been a cathartic stress reliever.  It has provided me an avenue to continually challenge myself– can I push harder, faster?  Can I commit and persevere to accomplish 26.2 miles? Running has strengthened my will power and work ethic. Running has bolstered my positive outlook on life. Most importantly, running has made me a better person. 

Since my Dad helped to instill in me a love of running; I have ran four full marathons, 2 half marathons, 4 olympic triathlons and 1 half ironman  and am currently training for my fifth full marathon– the October 19 Nationwide Children’s  Hospital Columbus Marathon. Yes, the same marathon that I watched my Dad and Uncle run when I was a little girl. 

Running has given me so much for which to be grateful.

How could running benefit your life? Don’t wait to find out–get out there and run!

Live vigorously,

Angela

 

dad.marathon.2011.1 – My Dad an I after the Columbus Marathon in 2012. The year of my PR– 3:39.

 

 

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