The World Through My Shoes is my look at living this incredible gift God has given us. As a busy wife, mother and daughter I relish the alone time I receive on my early morning runs. It is in the stillness of those predawn mornings where I often am inspired. Thank you for taking the time to read my words.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Night of Inspiration

Some time ago, my pastor (Bob, an accomplished marathoner) approached me before the beginning of a service and stated, "You know who Ryan Hall is right?".  

Of course I knew who THE Ryan Hall was, but if he was talking about a Ryan Hall who attends our church, nope, didn't have a clue who he was referring to.  

Fortunately for all of us, he meant THE Ryan Hall and when Bob confided to me of his work on getting Ryan to talk at our church, I promptly broke out into what my husband calls my pee-pee dance.  Publicly, it's quite the embarrassing dance but one that does exude the glee I can not possibly contain on such exciting news.  (No, I will not be inserting a video of the dance here as the name itself produces enough of a vivid visual for you to get the idea and will save my children from any further embarrassment by me, their mother.)

5 months after that initial conversation between Bob and myself, on Saturday, November 20, 2010 I was privileged to meet Olympic Marathoner Ryan and his wife Sara Hall. 

It was nothing short of inspirational to hear Ryan speak on his childhood, training and his faith in God.  Ryan and Sara also spoke concerning The Hall Steps Foundation, a fantastic organization helping the poor, which I encourage everyone to be a part of by clicking here.  

The evening is one I will always remember and gave me renewed determination to work at my training to qualify for the Boston Marathon.  There were several pictures taken that evening, but this one is one of my inspirational favorites.  What better way to be inspired than to spend time with Pastor Bob, who's run Boston and Ryan Hall who's WON it?


  1. I went the 4:00 service. It was fantastic!! :) Wish I would have stuck around for a photo op!

  2. Gina, we even managed to get a great ATP photo with Ryan. It was missing your smiling face!