Welcome to Mobile Bay Runner!
I’m assuming that you wandered to this page to get the condensed version of who I am. I am Sam [I feel so Dr. Suess-y].
I live in on Mobile Bay (in AL) with my husband, Daniel, and our golden retriever, Brooks.
I am passionate about running and most of what you will find here will be related to running in some way, shape or form. You can read about my running story here, you can read about Daniel’s running story here, and you can read about how we met here!
I started this blog in June of 2015 after taking a brief hiatus from my real job (I’m a CPA (aka number cruncher, bean counter, etc.). After 7 years in public accounting and a major case of burnout, I decided to take a short break and see what else life had to offer. Deep down I knew that there was more purpose, more meaning and a more balanced life out there waiting for me. I wanted to document this new quest and in the process I discovered that I really enjoy writing.
I am still a CPA and still work in public accounting, but now I work less hours! You know, 40 hours a week instead of 70. Turns out you can have a career and a life. Who knew?! I am now ten years into my career and have also started teaching accounting at a local university.
You can read more about my story here.
A super brief, condensed version (which is really not my forte (I don’t want you to get the wrong impression of my writing style)) is this: When I was in college, I was attacked on a run, raped repeatedly, but ultimately released. This event changed my life in more ways than you could imagine. At first it was really tough. I struggled with PTSD and an eating disorder in the wake of the event. Healing has been a continual, gradual process over the years. Indirectly, I ended up meeting my husband because of this event (read more about that in our story above). The absolute highlight of my running career came in January 2015 when I somehow managed to win the Rock-n-Roll marathon in New Orleans. I was on cloud 9 for weeks after that race.
I had to overcome a lot of adversity to get to that point and the significance of the moment was not lost on me. I just felt everything. I felt so alive, so thankful, and so joyous. In my mind, I had transitioned from victim to victorious and I don’t want to ever look back.
The reason that I wanted to share my story, is two-fold. One, I want other runners out there to be safe and know that things can, and do, happen. You need to be aware and have a plan. Read my post about safety tips for runners here. Two, I want other victims of sexual abuse to know that whatever feelings and issues you are dealing with (because, believe me there are many) … someone else out there has been there and felt the same things. Your feelings are normal, you definitely aren’t alone in those feelings and you can, and will, heal. It is a process that takes time (and faith and probably a lot of therapy). My goal is to be a source of encouragement for runners and non-runners alike.
While you will mainly find running related posts (training logs, race recaps, etc.), you will also find a few “deeper” posts that from a broad perspective I would say fall under the category of emotional and spiritual well-being. If you love running, Jesus, coffee, naps, sunsets, being on the water and pictures of puppies, then we should be friends and this is definitely the blog for you!