Running has been a part of my life since I was 12 years old. Ive ran in hundreds of races 1 mile to marathons, with a few triathlons and a 24 hour relay thrown in. It is something that challenges me heart strong, clears my head and is an incredible quiet time with God.

Several years ago I "thought" a break from running would be good. Only to find myself eventually not able to bend over and put my pants on due to two herniated disc and arthritis. I had that for a long time but being in good shape kept it protected.

Running now was not an option and I feared something I would never do again. I fell into a quiet depression and was in a place I had never been.

Earlier this year I realized this "funk" I was in had to stop but it seemed so far away or even unattainable to reach. Through prayer from my family, friends and myself along with strengthing my core, stretching and discipline I made it back to at least no pain and more importantly RUNNING! I am blessed to get to do something I love. Thank you God, my wife, family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving! We all have so much to be thankful for!