A Nun’s Life is gearing up for another FUNraiser! This time NL community member, Julia, is lacing up her running shoes and running a marathon in June to raise funds for this ever-growing ministry. Almost every week we’ll hear from Julia about her training and have guest bloggers speak about the spirituality of running.

Hi!  My name is Julia. I’m 24 years old, and I live in south-central Pennsylvania. I’m a practicing runner, and a practicing Catholic.

Stick with me… this will make sense in a minute, I promise.

I come from a family of runners.  Both of my parents are marathoners several times over, and my younger brother is a high school cross-country and track star.  In our house, you either run or you are quickly left behind.  I didn’t start running until college, and let me tell you, it’s been a rocky relationship to say the least.  I’m beginning to find my groove, though, and the feeling of accomplishment I get after a long run is unlike anything else I’ve found.

The endorphins–or “instant happy”, as I like to call them–aren’t awful either.

I’m about to embark on something that I like to call “marathon training.”  Marathon training is a magical journey in which I sacrifice 16 weeks of my life running lots of miles so that I can have the unique experience of running 26.2 miles all at once and wishing that my legs would just fall off so I wouldn’t have to finish this stupid race. (That’s my anticipated sentiment around mile 24 or so.)  I have done this once before; in September of 2009, I ran the Via marathon in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

NL community member, Julia

Now, this experience means more to me than just the act of training and running, because I’ve decided to run this one for the nuns.

(Yes, really.)

A few months ago, I stumbled across this AMAZING website called aNunsLife.org… perhaps you’ve heard of it! I was completely thrilled to experience such a warm welcome from the fantastic community here at NL, and I soon found myself trying to think of ways that I could contribute to this ministry.

Then it hit me.  I said to myself, “self, I know you don’t always like running, but what do you think of a marathon fundraiser?”

I thought for a moment, and replied, “well, self, I think you’re OUT OF YOUR MIND.”  (It took a brand new pair of running shoes and the promise of a HUGE ice cream sundae after the race before I relented.)  I’ll be running the Ann Arbor Marathon on Sunday, June 17th, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Here’s the important part: YOU.  That’s right; YOU, dear reader, are the most vital piece in this whole process.  You see, without your support, this fundraiser won’t go anywhere.  Keep reading my training updates, and please consider making a donation either here at aNunsLife.org or by check (more details to come about that.)  Give what you can; I’ll do all the legwork, I promise!  (Pun intended.)

Long story short: here I am, training to run for the nuns.  I’ll be chronicling my preparations for the race with periodic blog posts, and I promise some cool photos–and good laughs.  (Spoiler alert: I fall down a lot.)  Stay tuned!

Read all of Julia’s posts as she trains for the Ann Arbor Marathon in June!