Introducing Stephen Schousen, J.P. McCaskey (Senior Journal Entry #1)

Hi! I’m Stephen Schousen and I run for J. P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster, PA. My earliest running memory is running the one-mile fun run at the Red Rose Run in Lancaster as a five-year-old, while my dad raced the full five miler. I loved the feeling of flying through the city streets, and to this day the Red Rose is one of my favorite races.

Throughout elementary and middle school, I was all about ice hockey. I bounced around a few travel and school teams until I started running cross country in seventh grade. Injuries plagued my early years of running, with the most serious keeping me sidelined for my entire freshmen year. These setbacks taught me the importance of the little things: mobility, proper form, strength training, and cross training. In addition, I learned that every aspect of my training should be intentional and well-executed. Our bodies are capable of amazing things. However, they are also incredibly fragile. The summer before my sophomore year, I worked with my PT/Coach Justin Geissinger on a return to racing. I credit him and my coach Mike Craighead entirely for my quick and seamless recovery. I’ve been relatively healthy since, and the experience helps me appreciate just being able to lace up my shoes and go for a run every day, especially during these challenging times when racing isn’t an option.

When I’m not running, you might find me skiing, fishing, playing guitar, or spending time with my parents and our dog, Coda. I’m excited to share my insights and experiences with everyone. Feel free to DM me on Instagram if you have any questions, suggestions, or are in need of a running buddy—socially distant, of course!