Jeremiah Godby’s Story
Jeremiah Godby’s Story
I am the youngest of the four runners on our running team. I have pushed myself harder for the past 6 months than I have my whole life, for this seemingly crazy idea of running across the United States. Will Jeremiah Godby be able to run across the United States in 2011? If you asked that question to anyone that has ever known me, they would definitely say: NO. People would say: he’s overweight, he’s lazy, and he is incapable of working towards anything that lasts longer than a week. I wouldn’t have begged to differ with them, either. But, I wanted my family and friends to be proud of me. More importantly, I wanted, for the first time, to be proud of myself. In the past, I have just skated through life, just doing the minimum to get by.
When I started school last fall, I elected to not play football again. Since my father and brother were going to run across the USA, I thought that the least I could do was something that. seemed similar – running cross country on the Davis High Cross Country team. In my first several races, I placed at the back of the pack, which was no surprise, since I started training so late in the game. But I kept training, my coaches and teammates kept encouraging me, and I began to see drastic improvements in my conditioning and overall times.
I started going on long runs on the weekends, as my coach suggested. I started at about 5 miles for the long runs, working my way to about 9. Before I knew it, I was training for the Sacramento Marathon, taking my dad’s place, since he was injured. When my dad originally proposed the idea of running in his place, I agreed to run the marathon, but I wasn’t actually thinking that I could finish it. But I worked my way up to 17 miles on the long runs. But during the 26.2 mile marathon, with several miles to go, I began to have tears in my eyes, when I realized that I would and could finish this whole marathon – something that I had worked on for about three and a half months – I would actually complete.
Now 500+ miles later, since completing the marathon in December, I’m training to be the second youngest male to ever run across the United States, doing 50+ miles a week, and finally earning the praise from my friends and family of how proud they are of me. But most importantly, I am proud of myself for turning my life around. I would have never done this without: my parents, The Run, and Naturopathic Medicine for helping me to get out of bed everyday with a new attitude on life.