My name is Jimi Oke. I was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria, and attended All Saints Church School (1998) and The International School, Ibadan (2004). I lived in Zimbabwe for a year—the best year of my life—before moving on to Williams College. After graduating in 2010, I went on to teach and coach at The Pennington School. Currently, I am a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University. Above all, I am a follower of Jesus, and I worship and serve at City Bible Church Baltimore, my new church home!

Besides running, I also love biking. I’m a die-hard urban warrior, but also hope to bike across the country soon!) Music is in my blood! I love worshiping and performing on electric bass, classical (Fernando Sor is my all-time favorite) & acoustic guitar, piano/keyboard and voice. I’m a news hog! My favorite sites are BBCThe New York Times,  CNETThe Verge and BR Soccer. I love to read, cook [and bake] when I’m less occupied.

Why I Blog

Like every other runner, I have a unique experience and I would like to share my adventures in training, racing, and finding the perfect shoe. I will constantly update my training log, and try to post helpful reviews of shoes and other running gear. Hope you enjoy it!

Why I Run

I was made to run—plain and simple! From my high school days, I acquired a reputation for not only dashing from place to place at full sprint, but also eschewing various forms of public transport in my bustling hometown in order to run long distances to my destination. One those days folks did not see me running around on my college campus, they knew something was wrong. From college, I went into teaching, thinking things would slow down a bit, but my reputation stuck, as I never stopped running.

Now, I believe everyone is born with certain gifts, talents or inclinations. For me, running is clearly one of them. Pure joy courses through my veins each time I get to kick the dust, stomp on the dirt, tear down the asphalt, or just even hobble along. As a Christian, I also believe we were all made to bring God glory. I do just that when I run, and I want to make Jesus famous through my running. The turning point came during my second semester of teaching when I decided to take my running to a new level, training hard and racing hard. I began to run with a purpose. I ran my first race in three years in April 2011, and I could not contain myself. There was definitely no turning back. Sure, it has not been easy. I have had to deal with niggling injuries, both old and new. But the joy of the Lord is my strength!

And of course, there’s so much else to running—the people you meet, the friends you make, the excitement of racing, the pain of training, the battles you fight for position, the frustration of injuries, and the epic journey in search of the perfect shoe! I was made to run, and I’m going to do it with all my might.



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