Julia writes the final page in her “Run for the Nuns” fundraiser to support A Nun’s Life Ministry. Thanks to Julia and to your generous support and encouragement, we raised over $2,000!

On June 17th, 2012, I ran the inaugural Ann Arbor Marathon in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  My intention all along was to run this race in support of A Nun’s Life; what I did not expect was the support that I would receive as well.

Run for the NunsAfter sixteen weeks of training, race day finally arrived.  I had all of the essentials: water bottle, gummy bears, iPod, cell phone, and an awesome t-shirt.  (I got so many compliments on it!) Audra, Sister Maxine and Sister Julie were at the starting line, sporting matching t-shirts and offering encouragement.  The gun went off, I took a deep breath, and I ran.

…This continued for a while. 

I ran all around the gorgeous town of Ann Arbor, had wonderful conversations with my fellow runners, listened to a lot of music, and drank a ridiculous amount of water and sports drink.

Then it started to hurt.  Around mile 17, the run stopped being pleasant altogether.  I felt completely alone and began to doubt that I was going to finish.  Unbeknownst to me, I had one more trick up my sleeve: the A Nun’s Life community.  I would think of a name, and offer as many steps as I could for that person.  When doubt crept in, the prayers of these wonderful people whom I have come to know kept me moving towards the finish line—and, ultimately, across it, 5 hours and 45 minutes after I began.

When I proposed this fundraiser, I assumed that it would be just that: a fundraiser, and nothing more.  It turned out to be a testimony to the support and love that can and does exist in this community, and I feel humbled and grateful to have witnessed it firsthand.

Read all of Julia’s posts as she trained for the Ann Arbor Marathon.