Running has not always been my passion. Although to ask me about my races or to listen to me ramble on about long training runs and the importance of proper race footwear, one would have a hard time believing that. I have completed 10 full marathons and countless half marathons over the past 10 years. Outside of family and work, it is how I spend my time. Running is my stress release, my calm in the storm, and, to some people’s shock, my energy boost. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not out there to win any records. I am more tortoise than hare, steadily putting one foot in front of another until I cross the finish line.
I have been able to foster my passion for long-distance running only though the steadfast support of my family. From my parents making sure I have clean clothes afterward to my husband trekking miles along the race to cheer me on at various spectator spots, I have relied on their support. I will never forget seeing the scribbles of our 9-month-old son on a poster cheering mommy on to the finish line.
As I look toward another race, the Columbus Half-Marathon, I will not be running just for myself. This October, I will run and raise funds for Marathons for Moms. I will join others in various towns, cities, and villages all across the United States to support women and their unborn children with resources that matter. I have vowed to raise $1,310 dollars for Elizabeth’s New Life Center. This means that for every mile run, I plan on raising and donating $100.
This will require much more than simple family support, but it is a challenge that I am willing to take on. For, as with running, support for unexpected pregnancies has not always been my passion. While I have always been on the side for life, the birth of my son and the amazing opportunity to be involved with pro-life work caused my passion to solidify. Every day I see young mothers enter the warm, safe, supportive environment of Elizabeth’s New Life Center to think through their options and find reasons to hope. Every day I get the privilege of interacting with ordinary people doing amazing things to support Elizabeth’s New Life Center. It is time for me to put both my passions into practice and go the “extra mile.”
I hope to be a long-time runner and a life-long supporter of women everywhere choosing life. As I cross the finish line in October, I will proudly wear my Marathons for Moms shirt, and the poster will not just be for this mom, but for all the moms and moms-to-be out there choosing the greatest, most amazing race of all…LIFE.
ENLC Development Supervisor