The title of the book I wrote says everything: “Knocked Down by Life – Lifted Up by Faith – Labeled a Statistic – My Road to Success.”

I’ve run a half-marathon in all 50 state and all seven continents. And you might say I did everything on my own. Oh, and while I was doing this I owned and operated my own business as a nurse practitioner. But I know I had help from the only thing that matters—God. I have always been a woman of faith, only sometimes I didn’t know it. You asked me how I balance my life with faith. I don’t. I’ve come to realize you either have faith or you don’t. It’s that simple and that difficult.

When I started running in all these races, it made me appreciate so many small things and to be happy. I learned to embrace what I thought was loneliness and to appreciate my time alone. Running has helped me meet all different kinds of people. I look at people differently now. I see how everyone struggles.Every single day of my life is a leap of faith.

This is an excerpt from a comprehensive interview.