Running Through Deployment

In 2012, I ran 19 races, all of which were while my husband — who I’d married just 24 days before he deployed — was in Afghanistan.

I ran three half marathons with my best friend, and my older brother was there to see me finish one of those. I ran two half marathons with Nick’s parents, and a 10-miler with his parents, sister, and brother-in-law. I ran a half marathon in my home city, St. Louis, Missouri, with my parents there to watch. I volunteered at the world-famous Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent, one of the world’s most challenging mountain races, and I hiked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim with my husband’s family.

I’d like to say that I have the confidence to know my own strength, but when Nick deployed, I wasn’t so sure. Now, I know. Many people ask me how I handled Nick’s deployment so well. I can’t say that the answer for every Army wife is to run a marathon, but I can say that it’s vital to a healthy marriage (and a healthy military marriage, especially) that every spouse finds his or her own source of strength.

It just so happens that mine was “Running Through Deployment”.

Running Through Deployment Races

Race #1: Pueblo Chieftan Spring Runoff 10k
Pueblo, CO

Race #2: Hams & Hamstrings 5K
Colorado Springs, CO

Race #3: Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Miler
Washington, DC

Race #4: 5K on St. Patrick’s Day
Colorado Springs, CO

Race #5: Go! St. Louis Half Marathon
St. Louis, MO

Race #6: Eugene Half Marathon
Eugene, OR

Race #7: “Take 5 in the Garden” 5-Miler
Colorado Springs, CO

Race #8: Garden of the Gods 5K
Manitou Springs, CO

Race #9: Sailin’ Shoes 10K
Colorado Springs, CO

Race #10: Slacker Half Marathon
Loveland Ski Area to Georgetown, CO

Race #11: Summer Roundup 12K
Colorado Springs, CO

Race #12: Grand Prix Classic 10K
Colorado Springs, CO

Race #13: Grand Prix Top 10 (10-Miler)
Colorado Springs, CO

Race #14: American Discovery Trail Half Marathon
Colorado Springs, CO

Race #15: Fans on the Field 10K
Denver, CO

Race #16: Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon
Denver, CO

Race #17: The Other Half (Half Marathon)
Moab, UT

Race #18: Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay
Monterey, CA

Race #19: Redline Turkey Day 10K
Broomfield, CO

Race #20: The Rescue Run
Colorado Springs, CO

Race #21: P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
Phoenix, AZ


Other Running Through Deployment Posts:

Running My First Marathon

Celebrating a Marriage, a Homecoming, and a Marathon

Running Through Deployment: 19 Races

Running Through Deployment: A Summer Cold

The Next Goal: Go! St. Louis Half Marathon

Packing Away the Medals

My Last Thursday Night Run Club

Big Sur Half Marathon Race Program

Over the Deployment Hill

Marathon of a Deployment

Thank Goodness for Running

Running Through Deployment: According to Garmin

Running Through Deployment: Learning to Stop

Deployment: We’re Halfway There!




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