I called my dad ecstatic about my grand idea to run a marathon on my 26 birthday. My dad kindly reminded me that I was turning 26 in just a few short days. Somehow I had mixed up what year it was and how old I was turning (still not sure how that happened). So I told my dad, “fine I guess I’ll just run 27 next year.”
I’d said it out loud, I was going to attempt to run twenty-seven miles on my twenty-seventh birthday!
My parents have always been active and raised us to love activity versus sitting on the couch playing video games. From a young age, I was involved in sports and as I got older I found that I loved the social aspect of running. That might sound like an oxymoron but running with a group of friends and talking about life is one of my favorite things to do. I ran cross country all four years of high school, ran recreationally in college, and I’ve coached cross country at the schools where I lead Young Life.
Running has been a huge part of my dad’s life as well and so it is something we’ve always enjoyed doing together. My dad has ran multiple marathons, including Boston, and he encouraged me to train for and run my first half marathon in college. We ran the Nashville Rock n’ Roll ½ marathon together and it was a really special experience.
We moved to Columbia about 3 years ago and I loved running through different parts of town to learn more about the area. I liked running so I could look at houses better than if I was driving in my car (funny how that lead to me pursuing Real Estate later on).