Running with Commitment

by Rev. Peter Friedrichs

“Feet Of Runner In Evening Light” by Sura Nualpradid used with permissionLast week I registered to run in the Philadelphia Half Marathon this October. The idea of running 13 miles is daunting to me. I usually run only about a quarter of that distance at any one time, so this is going to take some serious training on my part.

The seed was planted last fall, when my close friend JP Dunn was in the hospital, recovering from heart transplant surgery. Just days after his operation, JP (who, in his younger days, had been a distance runner) declared that it was his goal to run the next Philly Half Marathon, less than a year away. At first I laughed at him and told him I admired his ambition. And then I realized he was serious.

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