Have you ever felt like you had the rug pulled out from under you?

Since my second marathon in October, I’ve struggled with pain and injury in my foot and have sought medical treatments and experts to get to the bottom of it (literally), while I ran the Dallas BMW Half and kept training. After an MRI in the last few weeks, I was so disappointed to learn I have a ruptured tendon in my toe and have been exploring noninvasive therapies with the hope of enough healing to avoid surgery. I am heartbroken that because of the injury I can’t run in the Boston Marathon this spring.

While this has been sad for me, I have so much I’m thankful for. I’m grateful for a healthy strong body. There are still so many ways I can move and exercise beyond running. I’m thankful for the peace of knowing there is a legitimate issue since I blamed myself for months while struggling through long training runs because of the pain. I’m optimistic that I can get it healed and hopefully be back to running and building to a half later this year.

Trusting God and what he’s teaching me in this season of “setback.” But sometimes it’s our setbacks that inspire the most growth. I believe that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

I’m still cheering on my team—Camp Shriver, a free, inclusive summer camp for children with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities, from low-income families. And God-willing, I’m already planning my comeback chapter.

Hi! I'm Gracie.

I’m the former Miss Kansas USA 2021! I’m an avid sports fan, fitness enthusiast, and work in Public Relations for the Kansas City Chiefs, while also currently pursuing my Master’s in Sport Management at the University of Kansas. I hope this blog inspires your everyday and encourages you to go Live Gracefully!

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