January 20th, 2015 | Uncategorized
I loved my time in Northern Ireland last year, but there were a few big events that I missed back home. The one event that I am most disappointed about missing is Drew’s completion of the Philadelphia Half Marathon. Parents always say that their kids won’t listen to them, and I know how that is from my dealings with my wee brother (especially when it comes to working out). Occasionally, when I have forced him to try something, he will see the value but it is tough to change his mind (thanks Dad for passing that trait along).
I have spent years trying to get Drew to start running, yet I have never been very successful. All of the sudden after I crossed the Atlantic, Drew saw the light, and I began getting texts about his morning runs. Then one day my mom mentioned Drew’s upcoming half marathon… Somehow I had heard nothing about this! I quickly called Drew to hear more and express my excitement.
A few weeks later, Drew had completed 13.1 miles in 1 hour and 54 minutes at the Philadelphia Half Marathon. I was the proudest big brother on either side of the Atlantic. There have been very few days that I wished I was back home; nothing against Mom and Dad, but I am having the experience of a life time. The day Drew ran the Half Marathon is one of the few days that I wish I was home so I could have been there to see him at the finish.
I cannot believe it has been 142 days since I saw my family, not including the occasional skype sessions. I am blessed to have had their absolute love and support each step of the way. LOVE YOU MOM, DAD, DREW and DAVID!
Victory Scholar: Ryan Ansel
Sport League: Atlantic 10
Present University: University of Ulster
Alma Mater: Davidson University