Update: Happy Fridgid and Frosty February! Only 125 days left until the big send off from Baltimore and the beginning of my cross country journey. A few things I want to update friends and family about :) 1. THANK YOU to those who have donated or have shown support in other ways. I appreciate all your encouragement that you have shown me as I am training and continuing in fundraising, your kind words do not go unnoticed! 2. TRAINING has begun! I am following the training plan given to me by the experts through the Ulman 4k, but with a few tweaks for personalizing my workouts to help suite me. The biggest challenge thus far, has not been the workouts themselves, but the topography. I have come to the conclusion that there are NO ACTUAL HILLS in OHIO. The incline on the treadmill will have to suffice for now :) 3. PRAISE the Lord I have been injury free during my training! I have implemented 2 days of cross training into my workout plans and it has really helped my overall strength and ease on my ankles and knees. I have substituted these x training days with the days I was merely doing maintenance-mileage. 4. PRAYER is something I would love for you to contribute and I believe is one of the most impactful ways you can help! Our God is so much greater than our human selves. It's a daily self preaching of the gospel that reminds me of this; that we are inadequate when it comes to living this life. Oh how I am quick to exhaust and toil in my own self sufficiency. With that being said, could you pray that I would continue to rely on the Lord in this busy season? Please also pray for injury-free running, juggling school, and also the ministries I am involved in? Please let me know how I can be praying for you! Shoot me a text of message via Facebook :) Thank you and God Bless!
Hi there! My name is Olivia Deyaert, I live and grew up in New Market, MD with my family and crazy goldendoodle Theo. Growing up, I got involved with running through my local youth team where I truly found the joy in the sport. Currently, I am a junior nursing major at Cedarville University, where I love to grow in my faith in Christ along side friends and mentors. There, you can find me grabbing coffee with friends, rollerblading around campus, or any other outdoor activity!
Running has always been a huge part of my life. I have been so blessed to have the health that I do, and have always wanted to use the gift that I have been given. In the last couple of years, I have had many people, especially peers, whom I love, receive cancer diagnosis's. I watched as they fought, while I could only comfort. In these circumstances we want to do something! This is part of the reason why, I decided to apply to the Ulman Foundation; to be able to run for those who cannot. I am pleased to say that in Summer 2020, I and my team, will run across the country, beginning in Baltimore, MD and ending in San Fransisco, CA.
The Lord has provided such a clear opportunity through the Ulman Foundation to do what I love for the people who have gone and are going through cancer. As I run, I pray that not only are young adults receiving support from myself and the 2020 Team, but also through God, who is our ultimate healer.
Please help me support Ulman Foundation by making a contribution to my fundraiser and sharing this page with your family and friends. Every dollar I raise will advance Ulman Foundation's great cause! Additionally, you can ask me how you can get involved too.
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Update: Hi all! Just wanted to give a quick update on my campaign and running life! Recently, I have been fundraising through laptop stickers. I custom made vinal stickers that have Team Baltimore on them and some other decal. I had a lot of fun making them! I have sold 70 thus far, they have been a bit hit, especially to the college crowd! If you would like a sticker, please feel free to venmo me and we can get connected to mail the sticker. I am charging $5 for them, and this will cover shipping. Coming up, I am doing a succulent fundraiser where I will be selling plants for the holiday's as gifts for friends and family. They will even be in cute pots with little notes about the Ulman Foundation. Pictures to come! This past Fall I was able to increase my mileage to about an average of 50 miles a week. However, I was slowly experiencing right lateral calf pain. After research and going to PT, I believe to have irritated my peroneal tendon. I have had to take 3 weeks off of running (which I have not done in 5 years!) I have been biking and doing strengthening exercises and trying to keep my muscle strength up while I have been recovering. However, the tendinitis is most likely due to the high arches I have, and the muscles and tendons have had to compensate for the way my foot roles inward. I am getting new insole orthotics (my old ones are very worn out) in a week and looking forward to the better support. Hope to be out on the roads and trails of snowy Ohio soon! During this time of rest off my leg, it has been difficult. I am having to slow down and if you are anything like me, this is very hard to do. I am forced to sit and be still. Yet in this time, I have been encouraged by the Word, and been able to have more time sitting with Jesus. One of the passages that I have been reading has been James, and talking about contentment in the midst of circumstances. I've been forced to ask myself, "Lord, am I desiring more so relief from this leg injury, or am I desiring you? Is relief of my suffering more important to me than the desire I have to be more like you?" Learning to be contempt has been hard. But by sitting at the feet of Jesus I can be contempt in any situation. I praise God that he allows me to receive gracious life and fulfillment in Him!
"The Lord has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption and forgiveness and sin." Colossians 1:13-14