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In this episode we speak with Dr. Vanessa Corcoran -a listener to the podcast who found parallels between training for a marathon and pursuing her Ph.D.
As a historian, Vanessa shares how people in the Middle Ages practiced endurance through making pilgrimages, and why this bears resemblance to modern day runners seeking self-transformation through the marathon.
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It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint book by Dr. Vanessa Corcoran
About Vanessa Corcoran (from her Amazon author’s page)
Although she spent her childhood with her nose in a book, ducking when any ball was thrown in her direction, Vanessa Corcoran is now a 2-time Boston Marathon finisher, and has run 99 road races. Currently an advising dean at Georgetown University, Vanessa earned her Ph.D. in medieval history from The Catholic University of America. Vanessa lives in Washington D.C. with her husband Patrick and their daughter, Lucy. This is her first book.
Honestly, this was the best running podcast I have ever listened to and I listen to hundreds of podcasts. It is so refreshing to hear someone speak from a faith- based paradigm without apology in the context of a greater search for meaning. That is always been my purpose for running. On my first long runs, I would recite from “An Athlete Dying Young…” “Home we brought you shoulder- high” and I pray repeatedly during difficult stretches of runs. Running podcasts typically hint at this level of purpose, but rarely discuss it openly- I fear because of political correctness: a phobia to offend. Yes, running is about suffering and learning from the process. I would be just as interested to hear about any other faith-based runner. Don’t be afraid to tread there as well. Again, best podcast ever!