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

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…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.

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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.

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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!

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…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.)

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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

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Congratulations!

  It was a blast ❤


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THE perfect “baby’s on the way” announcement!

Go ahead and Pin it! You know you want to! 🙂

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With 3 children of my own, unless we adopt….I should never need this again!!!  When I saw this photograph on fellow runner, Julia Cantley Photography’s Facebook page, I immediately thought how perfect it would be for runners. I had to share it with you!  Don’t you just love it?

So, if you’re someone who sees this and is actually going to use the idea….

CONGRATULATIONS on your new little runner!

Babies are so precious.

If you live in or around central Alabama, you should contact my weekend long run friend, Julia Cantley for a fantastic photo shoot!


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For Mrs. Frye…

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The last few weeks I have been running, but I haven’t been writing.  A friend of mine passed away from this temporary world, and is happily celebrating life in heaven today.  At times like these, the reality of others and what they are going through is so much greater than any trivial thought I may have about running.

Today as I ran, I considered my friend, Mrs. Frye.  She always showed an interest in my running, and anything else that my family was doing.  I could sense her disapproval at the thought of me not writing…so today is for her.  She is a beautiful, intelligent and loving soul, she’s just running in a different place for awhile.

I wonder if you sweat in Heaven?  I doubt it.  ❤


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A Father’s Gift

A Father’s Day thought:

Making healthy choices is one of the greatest gifts that a father can give to his children.

A few of the benefits include….A healthy state of mind, opportunities to be more active together, longevity, and a greater quality of life.

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Does running make you nice?

This reminds me of my blog entry  “Race day…living the dream”

So again…I’m not the only one who feels this way. I really like this running world!

So my answer to his question, “Does running make you nice?” I would say yes…at least that’s what my kids tell me!

They always encourage me to run…they say I’m nicer this way….

Views from the Third Wave

As I was sitting on the train at London Waterloo this week waiting for it to leave, a man got on and asked if he could have the seat next to me. He didn’t ask with a “Please may I……”, he simply threw his newspaper across me and waited for me to get up and let him in.

It was bad mannered and irritating but I thought no more of it. But then he sat down and spread himself across his seat and into half of mine! I moved slightly so that we weren’t pushing each other, whereupon he spread himself further into my seat. It was almost as if he wanted a confrontation. When it became intolerable I asked him politely if he would mind letting me have some room. His reaction was extraordinary.

He looked at me, his faced screwed up with aggression and said: “Do me a favour mate. Sod off!”

Wherever…

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“I CHOOSE JOY”

No matter what language we speak, where we were born or where we live now…I’ve observed all over the world, the one thing we share in common is “emotion”.

Last week was a very emotional week for me.  My little girl, transformed into a beautiful young lady as she went to her first prom, the Boston Marathon bombing & West , TX explosion occurred, then there was the passing of a friend of 17 years on Friday…I haven’t done much writing.  Or should I say…I have done some writing, but very little sharing.  It was a week that proved…running doesn’t fix everything…only Jesus can do that.

So today, I decided to share these few thoughts from last week:

What do you believe in enough to stand up for in the face of adversity. 

Those are the things that you love.

I love the Lord.  I love His healing power. 

I love the United States of America.  I love freedom.

I love friendships and the celebration of life.

I love that what the devil intends for evil, when we follow the Lords leading, He turns it into good.

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I love it when “sad” is turned into “resolve”

-“determination”-

and eventually,

it’s own form of  

“happy”.

Different…but good.

 Today I choose joy…it is a choice you know.