Why do you run, Steve Daugherty?

About Steve

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

How do I know Steve? If you’ve read the About page on my blog, you’ll know I used to work for a church for a few years. Steve was (and still is) a teaching pastor for another church that supported us as we launched, and up through our early years. I don’t think either of us were runners back then — I wasn’t at least.

Maybe it was the shock of turning 40, or our wives’ running habits that made us feel bad, but I feel we entered the running arena under similar circumstances.

Aside from being a teaching pastor, Steve is also an author, (check out Experiments in Honesty: Meditations on Love, Fear and the Honest to God Naked Truth on Amazon), an excellent podcast host (Noises From The Attic), and organizes regular story-telling evenings in the area.

Surprisingly, I’ve yet to get a run in with Steve! Maybe I’ll have to pull a team together and run Ville to Ville? It won’t be 2020, as that appears to be sold out. 😲

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Why do you run, Dillon Partin?

About Dillon

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I knew Dillon before I even started running, and before I knew that he was a runner.

We used to play in a band together now and again. He is a phenomenal bass player and you should definitely catch him live, in one of the many bands he plays in! I always loved the chance to make music with him.

I think one of the first events I bumped into him was the Race Across Durham. Turns out we both love trail running. Since then we’ve met at several different races.

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Why do you run, Thelma Fitzgerald?

About Thelma

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I remember the morning Thelma turned up to run with MRC. It didn’t take more than one word from her for me to work out she came from Ireland, like myself.

Thelma trained with us when we were preparing for the Tobacco Marathon, even though she only planned to run the half. She would turn up for training runs, intending only to run 8-9 miles, and run 18 with the group. 🙂

When are you running a marathon, Thelma?!

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Why do you run, AJ?

About AJ

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

AJ has been running with our run club (MRC) for a couple of years now. He never runs without his headphones, even on more relaxed training runs. It always takes a few roars from fellow runners to get his attention.

I remember when AJ started running with us, his wife had given birth only a few weeks before. We often remarked he was either trying to dodge baby duty, or the baby was waking him early enough to join us.

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Why do you run, Ashita Banerjee?

About Ashita

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I met Ashita when she started running with Morrisville Run Club. She fitted right in with the group and took her running very seriously, and we watched her break many PRs. One of the most memorable was back in October at Bull City Race Fest.

Since then Ashita has moved to Europe with her family. I know the group really misses her physical presence and encouragement. However, with today’s communication tools, like WhatsApp, sometimes it’s like she never left. There has been many a virtual run, virtual prodding and accountability in the months she has been gone.

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Why do you run, Ian McCullough?

About Ian

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I’m so excited to introduce you to Ian. This guy is one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to running. I’ve known Ian for many years, and we even ran together in Ireland for a time. Those were some of my first experiences running. However, back then I would never have considered myself a runner.

Since moving to the US, I don’t see Ian much in person, but I follow him on Strava and the man never stops moving. He’s either running, hill walking, skiing or cycling somewhere across Ireland and central Europe.

As I often say to Liz, “I want to be like Ian when I grow up…”. I hope to be still running and enjoying the outdoors as long as him. Thanks for your story, Ian!

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Why do you run, Jeremy Copeland?

About Jeremy

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

Jeremy is the lead pastor of STORYCHURCH, an awesome church community in Durham, NC. I had the privilege of being part of the launch team and having a little input into how it’s grown today.

What isn’t particularly obvious when you first meet Jeremy is his insanely competitive side. I can’t tell you how many times I went out to run only because he might pass me on the Nike leader board. Wait… who’s competitive?

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