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Conditions were favorable for “shining”!

Last week during an early morning run, I looked up and thought:

“Wow!  Those stars sure are shining bright today!”

Then I realized that it wasn’t that the stars were any different than usual.

The stars don’t change. 

Only their environment does. 

So, the conditions were favorable for shining that day…
 

#that’sall  #randomness  #runningthoughts
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Running Randomness

My thoughts from approx. 6:30-8:30 today 🙂

  • Quit wasting time, and go run.  The sooner that you get out there, the faster you’ll be done.  You know you’re going to like it.
  • Why am I like that?  I’d enjoy being like fellow blogger, Rather be runnin’!  But…that’s not me so far.  I run because I like who I am when I do…I don’t necessarily like the process of running.
  • Yay!  I beat the sun today!  No wilting for me.
  • Look at all of God’s creations running around the park today.  For years I never saw them, because I was at home, cooped up in my house.
  • Look at all these birds…I love watching the birds.  Hope they don’t poop on my head.
  • How is it that I can run 26.2 miles just a few months ago, and 3 miles is hard for me lately?  Is it possibly, the heat?  recovery?  that I’m not currently training for a race?
  • Yay!  I’m almost at 3 miles!  Almost done! 
  • I’m going to run 4…just to prove to my mind that it doesn’t get to win anymore.
  • 4…done!
  • If your little girl covers her nose and says “You smell horrible!”…then you know you had a good run!  🙂

Happy Running!


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Where the fun’s at 😉

I have started a new Facebook community that will compliment my blog.

It will be a place to share, connect and motivate each other in the running community! I’m looking forward to some great conversations about running, what inspires you and nutrition!
I’m hoping it will be a blend of people who are just thinking about running, all the way to the experienced runner.
I would love for you to join in the fun!

Just click on this link and “like” the page.

Then share, and comment to your hearts content!

https://www.facebook.com/the23rdmile?ref=hl


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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.

and

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.


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I’m not really a dead armadillo…I just look like one…

will. can. DID!

I wrote CAN on my hand to look at as inspiration during the marathon. Upon completion, it was a good feeling to mark that out and write “did.”

 

On Saturday’s (beautiful & PERFECT) spring run, 7.5 miles, I found myself thinking…”Yay!  I don’t have to run 20 miles today!”

This winter during marathon training, when the schedule called for a 17+ mile run…I always wished I had a sign hovering over my head.  It would read something like this…”She really can run faster than this!  She’s already ran 17 miles this morning!”  My daughters would come home from school the following week and say, “My friends said they saw you running Saturday…they said you looked like you were in a lot of pain!”  It was slightly embarrassing…but in reality…nobody. really. cared. 🙂

I also remember when I actually ran 20 miles.  The longest distance that our training plan called for!

That # really played with my mind!

20 miles! What an accomplishment!

TWENTY MILES?!?  On race day, I will still have 6.2 MORE miles to run?  Is that even possible!?!  I barely even made it home without falling on the ground like a dead armadillo on the side of the road! (I was going to insert a picture right here…but they were all too morbid…you can just google them if you’d like 🙂 )

I’m here to say…YES!  It IS POSSIBLE!

“Your legs are not giving out.  Your head is giving up.  Keep going.” 

I just love that quote!

can(Again…running imitates real life doesn’t it…)


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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! 🙂

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.