Saturday, December 4, 2010

Welcome Mark Brockman!!

We have a new runner that has joined our team. Welcome Mark Brockman. I (Jackie) met Mark and his wife Judy when I came down on a short-term trip to the DR & Haiti and worked alongside of his team from Crestwood Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. We share so many wonderful memories of serving together the people in Santa Lucia.

When I flew to KY to interview with Brook Brotzman, President of G.O. it was the end of November and Mark and Judy took me to a local fish restaurant and to an event called "Light Up LaGrange, KY."

At that little fish place I heard for the first time Mark's story about how he began to run with Second Chance Racing. and I was inspired! He gave me hope that I could run too!

When I finally got out there and started running Mark and I kept talking about running together and finally last year when their team came to the DR we hit the streets of Santiago together... Now he is committing to Run For His Glory!

We will be running the KY Derby Marathon as a relay team!

"I love to run because God has given me the opportunity. Eight years ago, I had a heart attack. God chose to spare my life and I know He has a purpose for me in serving Him. He allows me to run and it has given me not only a healthier lifestyle, but great chances to share the Good News along the way. Running is a great sport because it doesn’t take much talent. You just put one foot in front of the other. I can handle that. :) When I am training, I get to observe God’s creation in the outdoors and have time to take advantage of one-on-one time with my Holy Father. Being able to complete endurance events like marathons and duathalons is a real gift. I don’t take it for granted." -Mark Brockman


I Run For HIS Glory- First race tomorrow

Tomorrow is the big day! Our team has 2 runners running in the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Mini Marathon, raising support for our ministry in the Dominican Republic!

Shannon Ritter will be running along with Sheila Van Son (my mom, who I am super super proud of for running!!)

Please pray for them for strength to run the race and for no injuries for them!! We are so thankful for your support and to be able to use these passions to bring Glory to Him!

Dios les Bendiga!!

If you are interested in sponsoring their run (all proceeds are tax-deductible and will go towards the ministry Alan and I are a part of in the DR/Haiti) please click here!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Our shirts have arrived!

We are so excited that our shirts are here! First race is this weekend! Sheila Van Son and Shannon Ritter will be running the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Half Marathon down the LV Strip. Alan and I will not be able to run this race as some unforseen events are not allowing us to leave the DR until Tuesday of next week, however, we will be running the Calico Half Marathon at Lake Mead on Jan 8 along with Valarie Nardone!

Be the next person to join our team!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Join Our Running Team!

If you have a passion for running and a desire to see lives changed through Christ consider joining the Perez Running Team.

We are a group of people committed to the power the Gospel has to change lives! We run (but are not defined by it) to bring awareness and support to our mission in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

If you are interested in joining our team email me and I will get you all the information you need to get started to begin promoting our mission along with a shirt or a tank to run your race in!

Here is our shirt logo which will be printed on black singlets for women and duo dry running shirts for men:

Training Update

Weeks 6-11: (Oct. 17- Nov. 27)
We hit a few rough weeks during this time. We moved to a new house and I was "warned" not to run through my new neighborhood... doesn't make one feel to safe now does it? I ran only once in that week. The following week we were broken into. Read that story here. I didn't run that week. We decided to move back to our old house. I ran once that week. And that would bring us to the current week...
(last Friday- 7 miles)
Saturday- day off
Sunday- 4 miles
Monday- day off
Tuesday- 9 miles
Upcoming Wednesday- 2 miles- will run tomorrow
Upcoming Thursday- Thanksgiving- 5 miles
Upcoming Friday- 60 minutes cross-training
Upcoming Saturday- 10 miles

Just 12 more days until race day!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010


All week long I had been anxiously awaited the dreaded 6 mile Saturday run. I had yet to run anything longer than 5 long and hard miles in the DR. The two previous weeks I had pieced together different loops to try and create 5 miles that didn't put me crossing major intersections or on dangerous roads. The runs were difficult and well, monotonous. I questioned whether or not I could indeed run a mini- marathon.

I once ran 6 miles. 2 years ago I was visiting CPC in San Francisco and my runner/marathon friend Lily was telling me about this wonderful dirt trail that beautifully winds through the mountains and overlooks a cerulean blue reservoir. I was smitten. I had only ran the cold pavement in the DR dodging the crazy power walkers, cars, and dogs convinced they could outrun me. Lily picked me up at 6:30am and we set out for the run. As we approached the entrance I was met with hundreds of bikers and runners outfitted with water belts & fancy shoes. I knew I was in serious runner-ville. I confessed to Lily I had never really ran more than 3 miles and I thought I almost died upon completing that... We set out at about a 10 minute/per mile pace and I ran in amazement as each turn revealed more of God's creation. The weather was cool and my ears were even a little chilled. I completed 4 miles, and I knew I had to run this again. The next day I set to run as far as I thought I could and I ran 6 miles. It felt amazing!

That was my first and last 6 mile run.

The running conditions in the DR are a far cry from the beautiful beaten mountain path of San Francisco and I knew 2 things were desperately needed in order for me to outlast this 6 miler.

A change in music and a new route.

I quickly uploaded a few new songs to my ipod and as I set out to run my 3.5 loop twice I searched my mind for a new way to run and came up with what I thought would equal close to 6 miles.

I started running to Dave Matthews Band- Dancing Nancies from the Live in Central Park album. This has always been a song that has hit me close to my heart. In Psalms the psalmist writes:

Praise the LORD.
       Praise God in his sanctuary;
       praise him in his mighty heavens.

Praise him for his acts of power;
       praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
       praise him with the harp and lyre,

praise him with tambourine and dancing,
       praise him with the strings and flute,

praise him with the clash of cymbals,
       praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
       Praise the LORD.

Psalm 150-:1-6

Now I am not sure what the trumpet, harp, lyre, strings, flute, & the cymbals all sound like, but the last two minutes of Dancing Nancies ends in a beautiful crescendo of instruments all playing together in what I truly believe must sound like the worship and praises of the Heavens. If you've never heard it- listen to it! (My mom says it just sounds like noise, but isn't it wonderful how God chooses to speak to us differently!!) He definitely uses this song to speak to me!

The song is 10 minutes long and was a great way to complete my first mile. Up next was David Crowder "How He loves," also a wonderful song. 

I was not expecting what came next. I knew I threw a Hillsong song on there but couldn't remember which one. When I started hearing the music to "Freedom is Here," I thought that it was a great song to run to. I highly underestimated the power of this song.

Let me just take a break for a minute and let's talk about the popular TV show Friends. Have you seen the episode where Phoebe and Rachel are running through Central Park and Rachel is being all serious while Phoebe decides to lighten up the run by throwing her hands in the air and spastically waving them back and forth (like she just don't care) as she plunges forwards running? It is hilarious! Sometimes when I am running with my friend Audrey I burst out into this spastic hand waving as we are running and we both almost fall together in laughter! 

Ok, so now that I have shared that, we can go back to the Hillsong "Freedom is Here" song. So, there I was running up Vidal Rafael about 2 miles into my run and as the song is playing I am overcome with shivers throughout my body. "I'm not shaken, I'm not letting go and everything comes alive, in my life and we lift you up, sing it out, sing it out your FREEEEEEEEEEDOOOOOOOOMMMMMM, is here." And I am overcome with this overwhelming grin as I belt out the lyrics and am compelled to throw my arms in the air (not the spastic kind) in worship to our Lord! Now I should say I did not throw my arms in the air. I figured everyone driving/walking/sitting on the sides of road must have thought I was crazy enough, but I didn't care. This was my time with Jesus. It has been hard to carve out this time with me and just Him with all the changes recently in my life. I was so incredibly blessed to have shared an hour with Him, worshipping and singing out to the King whether it was David Crowder or Dave Matthews.

Running is not just about training to complete some race for me. 

It is about His glory. 
It is about worshipping the King. 
It is about restoration of His Creation. 
It is about redemption. 
It is about His work through His people in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and throughout the world. 
It is about me and you, and the hope of glory- Christ in us. 

I am running FOR HIS GLORY. 

Will you join me? Click here to find out how you can Run For His Glory and support the work we are doing in the DR and Haiti!

Here's the song lyrics to the "Freedom is Here," song.
The future comes alive
You speak Your word and I
I’m running into Your hope
Because I’ve seen Your light
You bring my world to life
I’m coming after Your love

I’m not shaken
I’m not letting go

And everything comes alive
In my life as we lift You higher
Let Your freedom arise
In our lives as we lift You up
Sing it out
Sing it out
Your freedom is here

So take the limits off
No matter what the cost
I’m running after Your call
And I will run this race
See You face to face
So let Your power overflow

I will not fear
I will not hide Your love
Your love
All of my life
I cannot deny Your love
Your love

So take the limits off
No matter what the cost
I’m running after Your call
And I will run this race
See You face to face
So let Your power overflow

Week 5 of training

I have just completed my first 5 weeks of training! I can't believe how fast it has gone by and how wonderful it has felt! Don't get me wrong- there have been hard days, but knowing why I am running has helped me push through!

Here's what I did this past week-
Sunday: Strength and Stretch- yeah. still trying to do something with this!
Monday: 4 miles
Tuesday: 2 miles
Wednesday: I switched my Thursday rest day for Wednesday!
Thursday: 4 miles
Friday: 40 minutes cross training- yeah, didn't do this
Saturday: 6.3 miles- that's right! My farthest run ever!!

Total miles ran this week: 16.3

Week 4 of training

Week 4 was beautiful! My mom and Hank flew into the DR for some vacation time with us and to also help watch the girls during our Annual Fall Staff Retreat. My mom, Hank, Alan, me and the girls left for the beach on Saturday and spent a few days relaxing before the rest of the staff joined us for the retreat.

Here's a beautiful picture of the shore line that I trained on for the week!

Monday: 3.5 miles
Tuesday: 2 miles- my ipod died after just 1/2 mile, thankful there was such beautiful creation to admire!
Um, yeah- so that's all I did that week at the beach! The retreat began Tuesday afternoon and lasted until Friday. It was a wonderful time with the staff- running def. took a backseat this week.
Saturday: We returned home to Santiago and I promptly laced up my shoes and hit the pavement! My first 5 mile run in the DR!

Total miles ran week 4: 10.5 miles

Weeks 2 & 3 of Training

I am a little late is posting the updates for the last couple of weeks, but here we go!!

Sunday: Strength and Stretching- still need to work more on this!
Monday: 3 mile run
Tuesday: 2 mile run
Wednesday: 3 mile run + strength
Thursday: Rest day
Friday: 30 min. cross training = pushing the girls in the double stroller for 30 min!
Saturday: 4 mile run

Total miles ran for each week: 12 miles

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Week 1 of Training

Today marks the end of week one of our 12 week training program leading up to the Rock and Roll Vegas Mini Marathon.

Here's what we did this week:

Sunday: Strengthen and Stretch- I need to get better at this. I don't do either very well!
Monday: 3 mile run
Tuesday: 2 mile run
Wednesday: 3 mile run + strength training
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 30 minutes cross-training (I push my gigantic double stroller and both babies around the park across from our house, and it is a workout!!)
Saturday: 4 mile run

It went really well this week! Both Alan and I are training and I am so thankful for a husband who loves the Lord, and helps us both find time to train. I usually go in the mornings after we feed the babies and he goes in the evenings after we put them to bed. This morning he actually sterilized all the bottles and did the dishes so I could get out of the house while it was still cool! I am very blessed!

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Saturday, September 11, 2010


Welcome to The Perez Running Team Blog!

We are passionate about Jesus and sharing His love and peace with those in need. Specifically we work and live in the Dominican Republic and minister to Dominicans, Haitians, and North-Americans. We are blessed and humbled to serve God here!

On Sunday, December 5, 2010, I (Jackie) will be running in the Rock-n-Roll Vegas half marathon in Las Vegas, NV (my home town!!) We are doing this as a way to raise support and awareness for our ministries here in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

By sponsoring me as I run the half-marathon, it is just one way to help us continue our passionate work in the Dominican Republic and Haiti! 
Click on the "Financially Contribute" tab at the top of the blog for all the details on how to do so, or you can contribute through paypal on our sidebar!

Check out all the different tabs at the top of the blog to find out more about our team!