Helping Up Mission’s Members of the Month: Joe and Courtney
Joe M. joined Back on My Feet in February 2012 and hasn’t stopped running since, even if stopping is what he thinks about when he is running. He has accumulated 165 miles and counting since his first run. His favorite moment since joining Back on My Feet was watching his teammate and friend, Rachel, complete the Nikia Half Marathon. Joe’s greatest challenge in running is problems with his knees, but he plans to persevere and run the Baltimore Running Festival Marathon. He also perseveres in life as he continues to work on his sobriety.
Teammate and Friend, Rachel, says, “Joe is an all around positive, nice and kind hearted guy. He really gets what it means to be a part of Back on My Feet. If you are running with Joe and need to stop and walk or run less miles than usual because of an injury, Joe is right there by your side. He says often, its about more than just the running. But, As for the running, it’s not everyday someone finishes a race doing the rowboat (McVet 10k).”
Honey Dip, Rachel’s Dog, says, “Woof, woof, Joe rocks, he brings treats for me and runs with me every run!! Thanks Joe.”
Courtney C. has had an incredible experience with Back on My Feet since joining in July 2011. The best moment for Courtney with Back on My Feet was running the Baltimore Running Festival in 2011 with her teammates. She had been running in it since 2006, but she said the first time she ran it with Back on My Feet was a completely new experience and it gave her chills. She really enjoys her teammates’ company and enjoys getting to know them better while she runs. If Courtney isn’t sharing laughs with her teammates while running, she sometimes likes to think about fellow teammates Rob and Phil in their superhero costumes. Courtney says the next race on her schedule is either the Baltimore Running Festival or the Philly Marathon, but will likely sign up for something sooner. She will surely make more incredible memories with Back on My Feet at any of her races.
Team Organizer, Meredith, says “Court’s fun loving personality is just one of the many reasons why our teammates flock towards her each morning. She always goes out of her way to make those running with her feel comfortable and for those who don’t like to talk during a run, you’ll always be able to hear a good story from Court! She’s a veteran of Thursday morning hills and don’t be surprised if you see her out at 4:50am to get in a few extra miles with some of our guys or cheering teammates on at non-BoMF and BoMF sponsored events. She may have a quiet demeanor at first, but don’t let that fashionista fool you. Fun, genuine, and compassionate are just a few words that describe Court. She’s definitely been a great addition to our team!”
Christopher’s Place’s Members of the Month: Jordan and Katelin
Jordan H. joined Back on My Feet in March 2012 and has run over 130 miles with his team. Of all those miles, his greatest moment with Back on My Feet was finishing the Baltimore 10-Miler. Finishing, Jordan says, is the thing he likes to think about when running. He says his goal for the next three months is running 5 miles every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. He says now that he said it out loud, he has to do it! Those miles will surely be helpful for his next race, the Sweet Air Trail Race and begins his training for the Baltimore Running Festival Marathon which he says will be his greatest challenge.
Team Leader, Jordyn, says, “Jordan always surprises me. He’s very quiet, which can be taken for being shy and reserved, but he can talk and out run you when you least expect it. He ran his first 10 miles at the 10-miler and completely crushed it! He is a great addition to the team as he leads by example.”
Katelin S. rejoined Back on My Feet in October 2011. She had previously been a member when she was a student at Loyola University and missed the Back on My Feet Family when she graduated. She has had many great memories with Back on My Feet but one of her favorites was circling up during the 6K/30 Day Challenge when her team had run 171 miles. A little known fact about Katelin is her obsession with the Olympics. The theme song even brings tears to her eyes! You won’t see Katelin tearing up while she runs, because she believes everything is easier with a smile! When she runs, she likes to use the time to clear her head and tells new runners to take it slow, enjoy the challenge, and just keep smiling!
Jordyn says, “Katelin is a force! She is always smiling and happy, then you start running with her and she pushes you the WHOLE way. Her happy nature has been great for the 6K/30 Day Challenge. She has been encouraging and a great cheerleader for our team. We hope she stays with us, as she is an awesome person to be around.”
MCVET’s Members of the Month: David and Mike
David C. better known as “Callahan” joined Back on My Feet in April 2012 and has already accumulated 70 miles! His favorite moment with Back on My Feet was feeling the energy and the MCVET race. He really enjoys the company of his teammates when he runs. His greatest challenge is fitting running into an already busy schedule. Because of that busy schedule, he isn’t sure what his next race will be, but he does have some big goals for the next three months. He not only wants to continue running but would like to achieve his next belt in karate.
Team Leader, Peter, says “A true athlete, Callahan, has been a wonderful and helpful addition to Team MCVET. He made an immediate impression when his very first day, he introduced himself with a bellowing “Callahan” and has continued to bring his good nature to the circle in the mornings. Callahan has taken advantage of the runs to improve his conditioning for his karate pursuits and is quick to help out his teammates with their own running goals. On any given morning, you might find him supporting a teammate nursing an injury walking with them, pushing the pace for the entire group at the front of the pack, or encouraging along a newer runner. Whoever he spends his mornings with is sure to have a great time and leave for the rest of their day in brighter spirits.”
Mike S. has been a Back on My Feet member since March 2012. Mike’s best moment was when he ran with Callahan in the MCVET race. He says that Callahan asked him how he felt and even though he felt beat he showed a calm and collected front and knew he had to step it up to keep up with Callahan! When he’s running, he thinks about how he needs to keep running and enjoys running longer distances with his teammates. Keeping going will be important if he decides to do two races in one weekend!
Peter says, “I have to thank Ross for introducing Mike to Back on My Feet and Team MCVET. Althogh I’d actually crossed paths with Mike on a few occassions outside of BoMF, it wasn’t until I got to run with him in the mornings that I realized how genuine and great a guy he is. Every morning he comes out and joins us, he’s both worked on getting in better shape for Navy Spec Ops while simultaneously encouraging and picking up everyone around him. We’re so glad to have him as part of our team!”