Hey there theophiloi - Patrick here, I'd love to take a minute and [re]introduce myself.
I've been running for most of my life and have been a practicing Catholic since birth. I should add that I've gone through ups and downs in both but never for once thought about hanging up the old running shoes or rosary beads. I've got the bug for both and it's my hope that this humble running club would show how trying to live a life of holiness is filled with joy and how pursuing excellence in running is fulfilling as well. On top of that, I've found in my experience that keeping a consistent training schedule has kept me grounded in my prayer life and that, in grounding myself in prayer and reminding myself that my worth and dignity come from my Baptismal identity, it frees me from being defined by race results or Strava Segments. (I'm still gunning for Academy Hill, though 👑// Update: I got it!)
So if there's anything to gain here it's this: 1️⃣ Staying active is fun. 2️⃣ Our worth comes from God, not race times, so don't get too bogged down in the numbers and results. 3️⃣ A life in Christ is a life of joy. 4️⃣ Check out the life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati - guy is super inspiring 🏞️
Verso l'alto friends!