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SO, enough about me…What’s YOUR “WHY”?

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 I’d love to share your running story on my blog.  What’s your “WHY?”

 

The thought that is foremost on my mind when I run is, “WHY?”

Why do I run…why do you run?

If I were to have an obsession about running…the “WHY’s” have it!

I mean, there are thousands and thousands of people doing this same thing every day…why would they do that?  What moves you?  Just what IS a big enough reason to keep you going through the cold, rain, hills, heat, miles, dark, sun, pain?  Why?  Why?  WHY?  🙂

Your “why’s” inspire me & I know I’m not the only one that feels this way!

Since I can’t seem to get away from this thought…I’ve decided to just “go with it”. 

I’m devoting a portion of my blog to inspiring each other through sharing our stories.

Why do you run?  Why did you start?  Why do you love it?  What’s on your heart to share…I want to know!

If you’d like to help rest my mind(please, please, please 🙂 ), submit your story along with at least your first name and last initial to the23rdmile@outlook.com be sure to include a picture(more than one if you’d like)! Also, feel free to let me know about your blog and/or website if you’d like for me to include a link to it.

Thank you for sharing!  Thank you for inspiring!

~Julia


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Only a runner would understand…

I decided to reblog this because I thought it was REALLY FUNNY! Plus it never showed up in the list of “blogs I follow”…so I thought you may have missed out on my witty thoughts too. 🙂

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You know you’re recovering nicely from your race when: 

Your toilet no longer reminds you of a medieval torture device. 

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You understand don’t you…tell me I’m not the only one!  🙂

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Mercedes-Benz Marathon recap. Part 1….”J squared”

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…well, maybe not EVERYTHING…but pretty close to it!

I knew I was going to like this woman before we even met!
I mean she has such a lovely name and all. 
We share the same name, Julia, and dubbed ourselves
the Julia’s“.
However, I am kind of fond of the updated name that her husband gave us of….

 

We started training together this year before her first half marathon.  She’s my weekend, long run buddy.  I was there when she hurt her leg before her half, and I’ve watched her rest, ice, go to PT, run through the pain, try out her options, finish her 1st half, be frustrated…the whole time doing everything right & by the book.  We’ve now spent the last few months(in this winter’s crazy mix of weather) training for the Mercedes…her second Half Marathon & my second Full.  We’ve discussed running, diet, exercise, life, kids, beliefs, pretty much everything you can think of.  She has become a dear friend.

I’m not typically the kind that has a lot of “girl friends”…but on race day I felt very much “girly” and full of emotions.  I had Julia call me at 4am to make sure I woke up.  I think that would be one of the worst feelings ever…to complete all that training and then sleep through the whole marathon!  We texted all morning, and then the last contact we had was…”I’m going to the bathroom in the Boutwell.”  I didn’t have room for my phone AND food for the race, so I didn’t have any way to call Julia…I just assumed it would be easy to find her by the bathroom.  WRONG.

Long story short…

Tip for next race:  use the porta-potties outside, not the bathrooms with the 15 minute wait inside the building.  AND meet your running friends somewhere away from the crowds of 5,000+ people.

I was so disappointed to think that after all those miles of training, we wouldn’t be able to run this race together.  I headed to the sign that was around the pace we had decided we wanted to run.  Just before start time, I heard her call my name!  I was overly excited(for me) and we gave each other a big hug and joined the throng of runners.

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You try finding one skinny momma in this crowd of people! Photo courtesy of http://www.mRuns.com

I LOVED sharing this experience with Julia.  I was excited for her to be part of something that I had only told her about before.  The excitement of the crowds, the gummy bears, the music, the signs, the 1st place winner lapping us with the police escort and all….those were all things I had wanted to share with her.  I was concerned for her when she started experiencing pain at mile 4…but she kept going, like a trooper.  Then all of a sudden the course split.  Half-marathoners to the left, full marathoners to the right.  I knew it was going to happen, I just thought it was later in the race.  Once again…I was surprised by the emotions that I felt.  I wasn’t expecting to feel sad to leave her.  We quickly gave a teary(for me) hug and went on our way.  Knowing that she was in pain I was concerned for her.  I was also disappointed for her because I thought there was no way she could catch up to her goal time of 2:30.

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LEFT or RIGHT 😦 Photo Courtesy http://www.mruns.com

But, I was wrong.  Here is a picture that I stole off of her FB page.  🙂

Even in her pain, she missed her goal by only 1 minute!

I was SO surprised…and I’m very proud of her accomplishment!

Just look at that beautiful smile!

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…and even though I missed my goal by almost 30 minutes…

I’d say she was pretty proud of me that day too ❤

That’s her with her hands up, cheering me on towards the finish line.  (I’m the pink, black and white blur in the back there.)

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We all need a few crazy friends who are willing to run the extra mile…or 12 with us.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again:

“Runners are some of the best kinds of people that I know.”

Thank you Julia Cantley

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Congratulations!

  It was a blast ❤


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Marriage and the Marathon

The Mercedes Marathon in Birmingham, AL is just two days away!!!  I’m just a little bit excited.  🙂
It seems that in all my accolades of Thanks earlier today (which you can read here)…I neglected to thank my biggest fan.  My husband, Matt.

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The other day I conducted a poll.  I had a theory to test.  I asked the people to describe marriage in a few short words.  I don’t think they would mind if I shared their answers.

Some of their response included:  commitment, compromise, teamwork, living for the other, hard work, warped, “It’s what YOU make it.”, Loving someone even when you don’t feel in love all the time, they laugh together they cry together  but at the end of the day it still = one Big <3,   Committed regardless of how you feel because the two have become one, Enduring commitment to God with one’s spouse. Daily choices to love.”

My theory was that no one would use the word “fun” to describe marriage.  Some came pretty close!  Just as in running, a “fun” run is often used to describe a 1 mile run.  The marathon, on the other hand has a different purpose.  It is 26.2 miles.  A commitment.  A challenge.  Seems impossible…and even “warped” at times.   You choose to run, even on the days that you don’t feel like it.  Most of their responses could be applied to training for and completing a marathon.   It is  a rewarding & life altering experience….and in retrospect, some might even call it “fun” as well.  Training for the Marathon always reminds me of marriage…

Matt’s not a big fan of social networking & blogging, so I try to leave him out of it for the most part.  But, sometimes I just can’t help it.  Training for a marathon with my husband, just makes me love him all the more.  His commitment through the miles is a picture of his commitment to me & our family.  He keeps me going through the miles on the road and in my life.  He watches out for me, encourages me, keeps me focused…and he’s even nice to look at along the way.   Thankful isn’t even a strong enough word for how I feel about him.

~Matt’s #1 fan~

Did I mention that the Mercedes Marathon is just two days away!?!

2 days!


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Last long run…finished.

Last short run….finished.

New songs loaded on my ipod….check!

Laying out clothes for Sunday’s marathon & packing bag for after the race…in progress.

I just had to stop and take a minute to say Thanks.

Thank you to the Lord…the giver of Life.  The one who fills us with His power and strength.  It is only because of Him that we live, move and have our being.

Thank you to my friends and family.  Who show interest and listen to all my running jibber jabber…just because they love me.  They are such an encouragement.

Thank you to my fellow runners.  Our running group, Chilton Runners, has been such a big help.  They “like” my statuses.  They post their latest runs, which inspires me to get back out there.  They expect me to be meet them for our cold, dark, 5:15am runs…so I do.  We spend hours together chit chatting during our Saturday long runs, which has made this year’s training much easier!  Sometimes they run slower to be by my side, or maybe just run circles around me….it’s a No runner left behind! kind of thing.  🙂  They share their tips, gu-gel, stories, and even left me a nice prize one day!  Some of them have become dear friends.

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This prize was waiting on my car one day after a long run. I think of it often.

Thank you to you, my blog readers.  My outlet.  I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers as well!

…and last but NOT LEAST!  Thank you to my girls!  They have made sacrifices that haven’t gone unnoticed…and I appreciate them very much.  They’ve changed their plans so they could babysit for me during my long run.  They’ve waited to take showers, so I could have hot water after a freezing run.  Their support is not required, but is freely given…and that means so much to this momma.

So now…I will get back to work & preparing for Sunday.

I already feel like a winner…and it’s not even race day yet.  ❤

Thanks again!

~Julia