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Reasons I love to run, #2.

I LOVE RUNNING BECAUSE:

The views are spectacular!

Here are a few of my favorite sights from the last 3 years:

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July 4, 2012 ~ At the top of Oak Mountain in Pelham, AL. “Breathtaking”

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On THE track in Talladega! April 4, 2011. I thought this was one of the coolest experiences ever…I just imagine how exciting it must be for car racing fans. It gives me a different perspective every time I see the Talladega Superspeedway on TV.

…and this is my favorite “spectacular view” of all time….

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This is my view during most of our runs, my husband, Matt.
He leads…I follow.
Matt tells me a story about an elderly Uncle of his. When Matt was a boy, his Uncle would cut their grass from time to time. His wife would follow behind him, back and forth, mirroring his every step.
Sometimes, I feel like that Aunt. My favorite place to be is right by Matt’s side. But…since I can’t keep up with him YET…this will have to do. ūüôā
I love this view.

I’m sure we will have many more spectacular views to share with you in the future!

If you have a spectacular view from a run or a race that you would like to share, feel free to comment with a link to your blog!

I know there are many more beautiful places in this world.

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*Look for reason 3 next week*
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I am the injury.

Healthy living¬†is a collection of winning moments.¬† Daily decisions that result in ultimate victories.¬† Victory over self, ¬†doubts, hurts, obstacles….

I REALLY ENJOY talking about those WINS!

Unfortunately…it also has moments of defeat.¬† Sometimes¬†you have¬†an injury¬†that forces your goals to¬†head in a different direction.¬† Sometimes YOU are the injury.¬† Your own poor choices.

That’s me right now.¬† In an attempt to be “real” with hopes that it will help someone feel “normal”…I will¬†share this temporary defeat.

I feel sad.

I am disappointed in myself.

I have been eating A LOT…I believe it’s because I have used food as a friend for a long time….

I have gained over half of my weight back, I look at pictures from just November…and get aggravated at myself.¬† I was almost there!¬† Almost at the weight I wanted to be at.¬† Now, when I see a picture of myself I’m back to¬†thinking again, “Oh…that’s a bad picture of me.”¬† When in reality…it¬†IS me.¬†

My clothes don’t fit right…again.

I’m a little embarrassed to run…again.¬† I know that’s just in my head.¬† NOBODY notices OR cares what I look like, or if my stomach flab(that was almost gone) jiggles when I run.

It’s not just about weight…it’s about being complete/whole. Nothing missing, nothing broken.¬† Looking to no other source, but Jesus to “complete” me.

I also hear this in my head, “You ran a marathon, and you can’t control what you put in your mouth?¬† What’s wrong with you?”

So, why come so close and then sabotage all my hard work?

I don’t know.

What I do know:

I am loved no matter what I look like, or how I have disappointed myself.

I can start again.

I like¬†the feeling of winning, better¬†than losing. ¬†But…part of me doesn’t want to.

Then again…part of me doesn’t want to run…but I do it anyway.

I ran a marathon!

I CAN beat this too ūüôā

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~Complete in Christ alone~ ‚̧


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Dusting off my brain.

I quit blogging about a year ago for various reasons.¬† I took a look at my old blog the other day…my conclusion?¬† It has some really great stuff in there!¬†ūüôā

This is a link to my old blog’s running entries.

The Journey Is….running

We¬†typically say…keep your eyes on the prize!¬† Keep moving forward!

In this instance, a look back was totally worth it.