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Why I Run… Julia Davis(mile 23 blogger)

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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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Lessons in sidewalk chalk…

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Sometimes in life we need to have a reason to celebrate.
Go create your own finish lines.

There are some moments in life that you’ll have to create your own reason to celebrate.
Go make a new finish line.

Sometimes in life, you’ll just have to create your own finish line.
Go find a reason to celebrate.

Go find a reason to celebrate, even if you have to create the finish line yourself.

Running gives you a reason to celebrate, even if you create the finish line in your own imagination.

Running gives you reasons to celebrate, even when setting the finish line yourself.

Running gives you reasons to celebrate, even if you’re the one who set the finish line.

Give yourself a reason to celebrate.    GO FOR A RUN!

GO FOR A RUN!

Because sometimes you have to create your own reasons worth celebrating.

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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!

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.

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

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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.

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To find more inspiring reasons “WHY I RUN”, like Sachea’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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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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motivation?

These signs are posted along one of our routes, and yes, that is my beautiful girl in these pictures ❤ :

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Sometimes I look at the signs and think how nice it was that someone put them there.

Such motivation!

Other times as I’m running towards them, the only thought that comes to mind is,

“Oh shut up.”

You can relate, can’t you?

Sad

but

true.

🙂