July 30, 2012


"He is so fast!"

I hear these words from people all the time when they hear how fast my husband runs. I nod my head in affirmation and smile, "yes, he is very fast".

In a little over two months Ryan will run his first marathon, 26.2 miles! He is training now and 6 days a week he runs and trains and makes his body faster, stronger.

Two weeks ago he ran the Bowerman 5k. I got shivers just watching him sprint towards the finish line. He is so fast. He finished in 18:25 averaging 5:56 minutes per mile!

Before the race

Sprinting towards the finish line

Smiles after the race
The next day drove out to the Banks Vernonia State Trail so Ryan could do his long run, 15 miles. This was a personal record for distance for him. He did such a great job! I followed him the whole time on my bike. It was such a beautiful day!

He just kept running and I just kept pedaling. I was amazed by the endurance that this man had. I was (and still am) so proud of him! He finished with an average of 7:27 minute mile.

Training is the hard part because is requires ongoing dedication and commitment. So does life. We don't wake up one morning ready to run a marathon, compete in a race, succeed at our job, or be a good spouse. Life takes ongoing dedication and commitment, hard work, tears and sweat. Life is a race. The good stuff comes after the pain and dedication.

As I watch Ryan's dedication to his training I'm so encouraged. I'm encouraged to be disciplined, to be active and move, to push myself past the pain, to test my limits, to become stronger, not just in physical activity but in every aspect of life.

Thank you honey. You make me a better person.


  1. This is so encouraging! love reading all about it...and I am also encouraged by both of your discipline and dedication. -Robi

  2. Thanks Robi, I'm glad you were encouraged! I'm not gonna lie, it's hard work and often times we really don't feel like getting out there and sweating it out, but we NEVER regret it when we do!!