By Julie Palomba
Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) And for that I am truly grateful for God has blessed me with a very full, wonderful life filled with more adventure, love and happiness than I could have ever imagined!
The deepest passions that fill my heart are simple: God, family and running. I see the second two as just an extension of the first. They are the reasons I get out of bed in the morning. They are on my mind when I go to bed at night. These three passions are what you will find me talking about to anyone who will listen. Mathew 12:34 says: “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”. Wow; that is true for me as I am eager to talk to anyone about Jesus, my family and/ or running 24 hours a day.
I grew up in Detroit, lived around the country but now am settled in North Carolina. I was raised Catholic and have come to appreciate this fact more as I get older. I love being a part of my parish and actively participate in their various ministries. It’s just awesome to feel God’s presence daily, respond to His call and feel it is never too late to grow as a Christian.
My family truly inspires me. I have been married 31 years and have five grown children. None of our children were really runners during high school or college but over the years each one has taken up the challenge of competitive running. We love getting together for running events!
I personally did not start running seriously until about four years ago. Never being very athletic growing up, my first half marathon was a BIG accomplishment for me. I trained, prayed, trained some more and then God carried me through the last three miles of the last incline. Since then, I have been hooked.
I have lost count of the number of events I have completed but I cherish the moments more than the milestones. Each event has its own story but my favorite events are those that I run for charity or with my family. It makes me feel I am a part of something bigger than just myself. Through all the pain, injuries and sometimes, even tears, I know it is all good!
“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.” Hebrews 12:1
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