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2017 MustAct for the Children

I am currently raising money to help rebuild the Agape Children’s Home, which is a part of The Mustard Seed Mission(MSM).
 
MSM has been caring for & meeting the needs of the people of Taiwan for over 60 years…one of which was mine. They facilitated my adoption when I was just a baby, which brought me the opportunity to live the blessing of life that I am still living to this day. It is on my heart to give back to the place that helped me to get such a great start in life. My life was impacted greatly, because one lady cared enough to step out to start the MSM so many years ago. These last few years I have felt a re-connection to this mission and the people of Taiwan.


 
MSM is planning to continue caring for the children with their plans to build a new multi-purpose facility in Taiwan, providing a new home for the children.
The new building will:
-Meet their current needs and provide more opportunities for their future.
-It will include new & larger living spaces for the children. The current facility is old, and in need of repair.
-It will have in house counseling services to meet the needs of the children.
-House single mothers along with their children while helping them to recover during difficult times.
-Offer vocational training for the young people that will not be attending college & give them hands on experience in the occupation of their choice.
-Enable MSM to have space for the young adults(over age 18) to continue living there while transitioning into adulthood.
 
Matt & I will be running the Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend on Feb. 12, in hopes of raising awareness and support for the Mustard Seed Mission’s new building project.
 
We would appreciate your support. If you would like more information, or would like to donate to our project, Mustard Seed has created this website for us:
 
If you would like to follow my personal thoughts along the way, you can “like” this page.
 
Thank you so much, and thank you all for being part of my life’s journey….and do please click “share”. You never know where your simple sharing may lead & who all would like to donate to such a project. ❤
 
Love you all,
Julia
 
#2017MustAct
2017 MUST ACT – Run for Kids 為孩子而跑
Julia Davis #mustact


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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


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I’m not really a dead armadillo…I just look like one…

will. can. DID!

I wrote CAN on my hand to look at as inspiration during the marathon. Upon completion, it was a good feeling to mark that out and write “did.”

 

On Saturday’s (beautiful & PERFECT) spring run, 7.5 miles, I found myself thinking…”Yay!  I don’t have to run 20 miles today!”

This winter during marathon training, when the schedule called for a 17+ mile run…I always wished I had a sign hovering over my head.  It would read something like this…”She really can run faster than this!  She’s already ran 17 miles this morning!”  My daughters would come home from school the following week and say, “My friends said they saw you running Saturday…they said you looked like you were in a lot of pain!”  It was slightly embarrassing…but in reality…nobody. really. cared. 🙂

I also remember when I actually ran 20 miles.  The longest distance that our training plan called for!

That # really played with my mind!

20 miles! What an accomplishment!

TWENTY MILES?!?  On race day, I will still have 6.2 MORE miles to run?  Is that even possible!?!  I barely even made it home without falling on the ground like a dead armadillo on the side of the road! (I was going to insert a picture right here…but they were all too morbid…you can just google them if you’d like 🙂 )

I’m here to say…YES!  It IS POSSIBLE!

“Your legs are not giving out.  Your head is giving up.  Keep going.” 

I just love that quote!

can(Again…running imitates real life doesn’t it…)


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In the Beginning….my journey from Couch to 10k

In the beginning…

I didn’t even WANT to run a marathon.  I just wanted to run a 10k…finish what I started…DO what I said I was going to do. 

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About to run my first 10k! Vulcan Run 2010

Running has changed my life…I like to call it “free therapy” 🙂

I shared my “journey” from couch to 10k with my Facebook friends & I wanted to share it with you too!  They have been with me from the first grumpy step, all the way to the marathon finish line.

If you are just getting started running, I believe that you will relate to my journey.

Here is a link to my FB journal: IN THE BEGINNING…my journey from couch to 10k

We all started somewhere!  You won the day you decided to try!

Don’t quit!  You’re worth it!


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Eliminated

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Completing a marathon takes away a whole host of excuses.

For example:  “I’m too tired.  That seems impossible.  I don’t know how to.  That’s too hard.  etc. etc. etc….”

Those excuses just don’t work anymore.

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e·lim·i·nate

/ɪˈlɪməˌneɪt/ Show Spelled [ih-lim-uh-neyt] Show IPA

verb (used with object), e·lim·i·nat·ed, e·lim·i·nat·ing.
1.  to remove or get rid of, especially as being in some way undesirable: to eliminate risks; to eliminate hunger. Synonyms: do away with, banish, abolish, eradicate, erase, exterminate, cut out, annihilate, weed out, stamp out, rub out. Antonyms: obtain, get, invite.
2.  to omit, especially as being unimportant or irrelevant; leave out: I have eliminated all statistical tables, which are of interest only to the specialist. Synonyms: throw out, exclude, drop, delete, except. Antonyms: include, accept, admit, incorporate.
3.  to remove from further consideration or competition, especially by defeating in a contest.
4.  to eradicate or kill: to eliminate the enemy.
5.  Physiology . to void or expel from an organism.
eliminate  (ɪˈlɪmɪˌneɪt) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]
vb
1. to remove or take out; get rid of
2. to reject as trivial or irrelevant; omit from consideration
3. to remove (a competitor, team, etc) from a contest, usually by defeat
4. slang  to murder in a cold-blooded manner
5. physiol  to expel (waste matter) from the body
6. maths  to remove (an unknown variable) from two or more simultaneous equations
[C16: from Latin ēlīmināre  to turn out of the house, from e-  out + līmen  threshold]
usage Eliminate  is sometimes wrongly used to talk about avoiding the repetition of something undesirable: we must prevent  (not eliminate ) further mistakes of this kind


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2010 vs. 2013 (Everyone loves a good before and after, right?)

This was me ~ July 2010

July 2010

July 2010

Grumpy, defeated, tired…

……couldn’t even run 1/2 a lap around the track….

….really aggravated that her husband drove her there even though she was the one who suggested it…argued the whole way there…

……get’s tired brushing her teeth…

…me.

THIS IS ME NOW ~ Mercedes Marathon February 2013

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I’d say the picture speaks for itself 🙂

 MY HUSBAND JOINED ME AND MADE IT EVEN BETTER!

before after

Vulcan Run 10k
Birmingham, AL

….HERE’S ONE MORE FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE…

august 2011

August 2011
Run for Hope 5k ~ Montevallo, AL

July 2012

July 2012
Peavine Falls 8.2 miles ~ Oak Mountain/Pelham, AL

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February 2013 ~ Just after completing the Mercedes Marathon
Birmingham, AL

Can…Will…Did!

Your turn!


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We Call Them Runners

We Call Them Runners

We Call Them Runners

They’ll passionately argue over a 10 second time clock discrepancy.

They find inspiration in a hand written t-shirt that says “4 marathons, 4 months, 4 my 40th birthday”

They shed clothing in public places.

They transform the thoughts of “you’re crazy!”, into the belief ~ “I CAN.”

They do it for themselves.

They do it for their friends.

We call them…runners.