Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I Run For...

*This post is not well thought out - it's just me clearing my head!*

16 months ago, I would have described myself as living happily ever after with my husband and two rat terriers.  Today, I would still describe myself as living happily ever after with my husband and two rat terriers.

On a blog post, these words are exactly the same. In reality ... over the last 16 months ...

I have learned to sacrifice a craving for brownies, ice cream, chips & random pizza nights.
I have learned to sacrifice a late night movie with friends so that I could go for my training runs early in the morning.
I have learned that just because the shoe is "cute" doesn't mean it's best for my foot.
I have woken up on Sunday mornings, run 11-13 miles and hobbled into church with semi-damp hair and only a slight bit of mascara as make up.
I have cried during a half marathon.
I have hugged a total stranger - congratulating them their run.
I have cheered for the runners in the lead at mile 10, while I am only on mile 4.
I have used porta-potties - willingly.
I have run through the rain.
I have run through the pain.
I have run.

During the last 16 months, stress, anxiety, and shattered dreams have been dealt with on the pavement with a pair of Nikes.

During the last 16 months, I have prayed for more people and more situations then I can count while pounding the pavement in my Nikes.

During the last 16 months, I have learned to live.

Today is National Running Day. 

Why not celebrate?

Maybe the thought of running makes you cringe.
Maybe you've unfriended me on facebook because you were sick of seeing my posts about running.
Maybe you are slightly inspired, or intrigued by a sport that can be so individualized, yet so team oriented.

Why not grab a loved one and go for a run?  When I first started running, I was only able to run for about 30 seconds at a time. After 30 seconds, I would feel as though my lungs were going to explode. But you know what, I did it.

If I can do it. YOU can do it!!

Question: Did you celebration National Running Day? 

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