Mile23

Motivation for your miles.


4 Comments

41 Rotations around the Sun…”Birthday Run”

!!!HAPPY 41st BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!
(Or as my dad might say…41 rotations around the sun.)
I was greeted with smiles and cupcakes for a 5:15am run with my “Chilton Runners” friends.
(…and yes, I did count them…each delicious mini-cupcake contains 100 calories, which takes 1 mile or in my case 9:46 minutes to burn off…)

In keeping with our “Chilton Runners” tradition, I found a parking lot and created a big “41” with my GPS.

I kept a great pace(for me), and made sure to stop my GPS at 4.1 miles!

Z517
T
o top it off, my music for this run happened to disperse random cuts off of the “ROCKY” album…

“Rocky” music just makes me feel like a winner…how about you?


Leave a comment

Chilton Runners: “running with friends”

My husband surprised me with a visit to tour my “dream home” the other day.  It was everything on my “list”, it even had a spectacular view AND was only 5 minutes from shopping.

(He’d always said I couldn’t have both a pretty view and live close to town too.)

I LOVED IT!

…but…

Where would I run?…and what about our running group?

We were just dream building anyway, but I told him that I couldn’t move there…I couldn’t leave my running friends. 🙂

In this town of beauty pageants, politics, baseball, hunting, sweet tea and AU/AL football(none of which mean a thing to me), I never felt like I really belonged here until I started running.

I often wonder if every running group is as great as mine…I can’t imagine so…
What a great group of people!

Recently Updated17

peachgroup

DSC_1525 10696366_10203719590423142_7914166459342082639_n

Summer14

tal16

We get to have all the fun…
Thanks for keeping me going  Chilton Runners!

 


Leave a comment

Running friends are the best kind of friends….

This blog post is for my friend & fellow runner, Julia Cantley of Julia Cantley Photography.

 

DSC_1525

“She keeps me going. We all need friends like that.” ❤

I just returned from a much needed run with her at her gym.
I almost didn’t go, because I HAVE SO MUCH TO DO!  Then I thought, “If I don’t have 20-30 minutes to take time for myself then I’m just TOO BUSY!”

At the end of our run, she mentioned that I really needed to make a new blog entry.  I’m always surprised when she says that, but its nice that she notices.  🙂
Again, I said….“I have just been too busy.”

So, for Julia, I will share my thoughts from yesterday.  I typed it, but I just didn’t feel like sharing….I get that way sometimes.

 

Thursday/4.17.14 

“I LOVE the people that I get to run with, they’re right up there with my church family. I just really enjoy being in their presence.

Would I LOVE them as much if we spent more than an hour or two at a time together? I have no idea!

I’m guessing…probably not. 

So, for now, I’ll just enjoy the moment(s). Spending time with self motivated, supportive, happy, inspirational people is truly a blessing.

I’m very thankful!”

 

Chilton Runners ~ "Some of the best people I have the pleasure of knowing & running with."

Happy Chilton Runners @ 5:15am ~ “Some of the best people I have the pleasure of knowing & running with.”

 

I am reminded of a post that I wrote last year.

When I run, I get to live for a moment in my dream world.  It’s one of my favorite places to be.  

You can read about it here:  https://the23rdmile.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/race-day-living-the-dream/

Happy Running Everyone!

~Julia

For your listening pleasure:


3 Comments

Why I Run… Julia Davis(mile 23 blogger)

WHY do I run?julia

 
 
To find more inspiring reasons “WHY I RUN”, like Julia’s, click here.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Why do you run? Why did you start? Why do you love it? I find the greatest inspiration in the stories of other runners, don’t you? I would love to hear about you! If you would be willing to share your “WHY”, please send your submission, including at least your first name and last initial to the23rdmile@outlook.com . Be sure to attach 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


Leave a comment

Blog Birthday

One year ago today my blog was born!

z232It was named “Mile 23”, because that was my favorite mile of the marathon that I had just ran.
If I had started my blog today….a year and another marathon later…I would have named it “Mile 22”.

During this year’s marathon, mile 22 was THE BEST!

I’m running around here like a chicken with it’s head cut off(to quote my mother)….so I don’t have time to write about it today….but I WILL!

~Happy Birthday Mile 23~

It’s been a fun year!  Thanks for reading everybody!

Happy Running!


Leave a comment

Why I Run… Richard C. “It’s not about me anymore…”

Richard C.

Richard C. founder of the Prattville Running Club. https://www.facebook.com/theprattvillerunningclub

WHY do I run?

What a great question! When my friend Julia asked me if I was interested in writing something for her blog, I said sure, this is an easy answer! 3 days later I’m still thinking about this. Haha! It’s not an “easy” answer, but one that has evolved over time.

3 years and 65 lbs ago, I found myself in a gym with a good friend of mine who was trying to get back in shape. He had hired a trainer and was looking for someone to work out with him. I had been inactive for a very LONG time so I said what the heck. The trainer we had soon became a good friend and was responsible for kick starting the complete turnaround in my life over the last 3 years. So I had worked out with her and my friend for about 3-4 months when she challenged me to run a 5K. She was an avid runner who was constantly pushing and encouraging me to try new things. This is where I learned about “getting outside your comfort zone”.  I followed an 8 week plan, ran by myself, and entered my first 5k race in September of that year. Although it was a really good experience, I wasn’t so sure I was into this “running thing”. Lol! Anyhow, I entered several more 5Ks over the next few months, swearing to myself I would NEVER run a 10K, much less a Half Marathon, and God forbid a Full Marathon. Those folks were crazy! Well, I did finally run that first 10K 8 months after my first 5K. Something started to change in me. Was I starting to actually enjoy running? Nah. Couldn’t be. Ha! Little did I know.  Soon I met my first “running group”, just a few people that enjoyed running in the mornings. One lady had actually run a Half Marathon and I soon had my first running partner. And sure enough, soon after we met, I had signed up for my first Half Marathon, the 2012 Montgomery Half. We weren’t even half way through our training plan when the idea was being thrown around to run a full marathon the following spring. I signed up for the 2013 New Orleans Rock and Roll Marathon before I had even run my first Half! It was official: I had lost my mind! Lol! No, I had become a runner.

Since that time 3 years ago, I have run many Half Marathons and 2 Full Marathons. I am now entering the world of triathlon and have several races lined up this year. I will also run at least 2 Halfs and then the Rocket City Marathon in December. But I think the single most thing I am proud of was starting Prattville Running Club last year. It is only a Facebook page right now, but it was a way of getting local runners together, meeting new people, and connecting runners who might be looking for a group or a running partner. With the Running Club, I have also held 3 C25K programs in the past 9 months and I have seen so many of them catch the “running bug”. I even had the pleasure of running a 5K with both my daughters last year who participated in my first C25K program. Now THAT was something special!

Richard C

So, WHY do I run?

I run for my health. I run because I enjoy it. I run for goals and challenges I set for myself.

But the single most important reason I run today is for the fellowship.

I enjoy bringing new people into our group, especially the “newbies”. I want them to feel and understand what I felt when I ran my first 5k. What I felt when I set a goal, trained, and ran my first Half Marathon.  What I feel today when I introduce someone to running. What it feels like to meet SO many new people, new friends, new “family”.

To share my experiences. To share my passion for running.

I get more enjoyment today watching and encouraging others to set and reach their own goals.

It’s not about me anymore. I have set and reached almost all my goals.

That’s WHY I run today.

 
 
 
To find more inspiring reasons “WHY I RUN”, like Richard’s, click here.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Why do you run? Why did you start? Why do you love it? I find the greatest inspiration in the stories of other runners, don’t you? I would love to hear about you! If you would be willing to share your “WHY”, please send your submission, including at least your first name and last initial to the23rdmile@outlook.com . Be sure to attach 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


6 Comments

Why I run… Sachea C. “I run for my Lexi Faye & Layla Mae.”

z186

Sachea C.

As I was catching up with an old friend this morning, she asked me, “Why exactly do you run? You actually LIKE torturing yourself and losing toe nails, lol?”

It occurred to me that I hadn’t examined myself enough to know my own reasoning… But as I tried to explain the happiness that it brings me, I also discovered my reasons… I run for selfish reasons and some, not so selfish. I run for my sanity. Running makes me a better person, but most important to me, it makes me a better mom. I run for my health. I run so I can hopefully be around long enough to watch my babies and their babies grow up. But on mornings like these, when it’s bitter cold, or those mornings when I’m just plain exhausted or simply don’t feel like it, those reasons aren’t enough to still make me lace up my sneakers and go “torture myself”. That’s when the REAL reasons as to why I run become apparent. I run for my girls. I run to show them discipline, and what it means to be devoted to and dedicated to something. I run to show them that they can achieve absolutely anything that they put their minds to, no matter how crazy that people think they may be for chasing big dreams. I run to show them that no matter what is going on in their lives, that they can have total control over themselves and their personal happiness. I run to show them that when love is involved anything is possible. I run for them.

I run for my Lexi Faye & Layla Mae.  

That is why I run.

Recently Updated12

To find more inspiring reasons “WHY I RUN”, like Sachea’s, click here.

 
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
Why do you run? Why did you start? Why do you love it? I find the greatest inspiration in the stories of other runners, don’t you? I would love to hear about you! If you would be willing to share your “WHY”, please send your submission, including at least your first name and last initial to the23rdmile@outlook.com . Be sure to attach 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


3 Comments

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

Recently Updated6

…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.

mrun3

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.

mrun4

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!

z178

…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.)

DSC_1481

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

&

Congratulations!

  It was a blast ❤


3 Comments >

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.

z132

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