Helping Up Mission’s Members of the Month: Mike and Jewel
Mike B. joined Back on My Feet just two months ago and has already accumulated 50 miles His best moment with Back on My Feet so far was completing his first 3 miler. While he says his greatest challenge when running is his breathing, he continues to aim high to achieve his goal of completing the half-marathon at the Baltimore Running Festival. However, before he runs that race, he plans to run the The Sneaks Come Out at Night. He will surely have plenty of support from his teammates. When he runs he enjoys talking to his teammate, Misha, and thinking about all types of things, like what the day ahead of him holds.
Teammate and friend, Misha, says, “Although Mike is a beginner runner he rises to every challenge like a pro and after he catches his breath he’s smiling! That’s what makes running side by side with him so enjoyable. I’ve seen Mike make great strides in a short amount of time of working at his running. He takes it very seriously, even going to extra runs at CP on Monday nights. What first struck me about Mike is how grateful he is to have someone push him farther. He has a lot of untapped potential.”
Jewel B.joined Back on My Feet in April 2011 and has enjoyed the process of starting her day off in a positive way by getting up to run and making new friends. During those early morning runs, she thinks about what she wants to eat after the run. Her next race is the Baltimore Running Festival Half-Marathon.
Team leader, Rob, says, “”I think Jewel is amazing for traveling over 30 minutes each way to come to our morning runs! She has one of the longest commutes in all of Back on My Feet, but shows up with a smile and ready to run. She has also helped in bringing lots of food donations to the missions. I was lucky enough to be with Jewel on part of her recent journey in Philly where she ran 100 miles in 24 hours. She truly is an inspiration to us all!”
MCVET‘s Members of the Month: Sean and Paul
Sean O. joined Back on My Feet in May 2012 and has already accomplished a lot. He has run 50 miles and completed a long run with Paul; the long run was his greatest accomplishment. His greatest challenge has been remaining confident and not quitting. When he runs, he thinks about anything and everything. He even tells jokes on the run, earning him the nickname “Sarcastic Sean.” In the next 3 months, he is looking forward to his first race with the team. He’ll be at The Sneaks Come Out at Night, either completing his first race or cheering on fellow BoMF teammates.
Paul D. joined Back on My Feet in July 2010 and has had tons of great moments. Some of his best moments include; seeing his first MCVET running partner, Carlos, graduate from Baltimore County Fire Department’s Fire-Rescue Academy, the morning circle, and for him personally, completing his first half-marathon. Just like his fellow member of the month, Sean, Paul thinks about everything on his runs. Although he usually tries to enjoy the moment and the company of his fellow Back on My Feet runners, his mind sometimes wanders and he thinks about his busy family life. Next up on his racing agenda, is the Baltimore Running Festival Marathon which would be his first marathon!