Occupation: Admissions Counselor at HBU
Hometown: Richmond, TX
Marathons completed: this will be her first
For Jenel Ed, her reasons for running are “less visible to the eye” because they’re beneath the surface of things. However, the positive outcomes can be seen clearly in her life. She says “there are things many of us must overcome; that chain us down day after day. Painful things from our past tend to weigh us down and bind us from being who we were really created to be”. Refusing to let the possible gloom of life bog her down, Jenel found that running and training gave her the “ability to conquer new goals and achieve the seemingly unconquerable”. Jenel began running back in high school, but she began seriously training a year ago with her neighbor Jeni Palo, for the Chevron Houston Marathon. The two had already run a half marathon together in 2011 and have been able to encourage one another in their pursuits.
As Jenel overcame challenges in her life she simultaneously conquered running obstacles as well. Every additional mile she ran made her feel stronger and more confident. She daily presses on towards the goal set before her as in Philippians 3:14 and holds on to those encouraging words as she runs. Running has been her companion as she journeyed through personal growth. Every mile marker Jenel reaches beyond what she has previously accomplished and each mile run faster than one before, “represents breaking free and defeating the old