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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!

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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?

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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!

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

 


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Running friends are the best kind of friends….

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

 

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“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.

 

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“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

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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.

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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


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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!


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

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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!

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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.

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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