Running So As to Win

Running was one of the most important things that brought me to the Catholic Church.

My journey is rather unique. When I ran my first half marathon in 2011, I had just become a Christian after growing up Jewish for most of my life. By my second full marathon in January 2017, I was in RCIA, preparing to enter the Catholic Church.

Until very recently, I never would have imagined that this would be my story. In middle school, I dreaded the mile run we had to do in PE class every week. In high school, I felt judged and criticized by my Catholic boyfriend’s mother, which left a bad taste in my mouth for the Church as a whole. Yet, when I decided to train for a half marathon to get over a broken heart, I saw that God was slowly and gently directing me down this path. I haven’t regretted this direction one bit.

Running and Catholicism

It’s difficult to run without thinking of the frequent use of running metaphors in the Bible. Many people might call to mind the author of Hebrews’ encouragement to “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). Indeed, while I’ve trained and strengthened my body for races, I’ve trained and strengthened my soul for the spiritual race.

Click over to Blessed is She’s blog to read the five lessons I’ve learned.

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