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I love ALL Runners!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Runners are AWESOME!!! I volunteered at a Run Fest that included a 1.5 mile Fun Run, a 5K and a Half-Marathon. I was working at a water station that supplied all three races and therefore all levels of runners. The station was located on an "out and back" portion of the runs, so I would see every runner twice.

What an experience that was! When you are running the race, you are all about you. You are focused on your own experience and running the race with the best time that you have in you. When you are a volunteer or bystander you see things differently. I was able to experience other runner's races for just a moment and it was very inspiring. I saw myself in so many of their faces and it gave me a whole new perspective on "who is a runner".

The ages ranged from 5 years to 73 years and was both male and female. There were runners who have been running many years and had the bodies to show for it. There were runners who newer to the run trying to lose weight and get in shape, just hoping to finish. There was a young family of four that make running a family activity and travel all over to races.

I seen a piece of myself and relived some of my own experiences in all of them. Hopefully, I also seen some of what is yet to come for me. I have experienced a whole range of feelings that helped make me the runner that I am today. I know some of those thoughts all too well. "I'm to fat to do this. Who do I think I am. I can't make it. Are people staring at me? I'm not a runner. I think I can do this. I'm starting to get better at this. I've lost some weight. I don't care who stares. I finished my first race! I'll sign up for another. I've won a medal, woohoo! I AM A RUNNER!"

Runners come in all shapes, sizes and ages. We are beginners and we are lifers. No matter what stage of the run you are in, if you run, you are a runner and we all cross the same finish line. We run because it improves our lives and the lives of others. You are all an inspiration to me and I thank you sincerely. I love you all! Keep on running! You are doing awesome!

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HAYBURNER1969 10/30/2012 8:03AM

    I love your blog. You are right; volunteering for a race is very inspiring. Hope it's ok to add you, a fellow runner, as a SparkFriend. :)

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PMRUNNER 10/30/2012 5:26AM

    I love seeing all the different people out at a race! Old and young, super-fit and getting fit, families, and volunteers. Thanks for the blog!

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DABLUECAT 9/12/2012 9:20AM

    My family is doing our first 5k together in less than 2 weeks. We're going to try to jog a lot of it but I think it's more important that we choose fitness as something to do together.

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Do NOT try and bring me down! I can do it myself.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

But, today I am up and I am not letting you bring me down. I am not going to second guess what I am doing in my life with regards to exercise, health and weight control issues. I don't care what you think about what I am doing. I am healthier then I have ever been and the reason for that is because I have been Sparked!

I have been Sparked to exercise, eat better and take care of myself so that I may enjoy my life to it's fullest extent. I do not always feel this great and life is not always wonderful, but it is better when I take of me. So, I will continue to do so and if you can't handle it, then maybe you should give it a try! :P

Spark On Sparkfriends! I know that you understand.


This is your brain on RUN!

Monday, May 21, 2012

I had the strangest dream last night. Aliens took over the world and we were all to live with nothing but we had on our backs at the time of the take over. No other possesions but what we had with us. I must have been at work when the take over occured. I looked down at my feet and I was incredibly upset that I had my work shoes on and not my running shoes. OMG say it isn't so, I NEED my sneaks! Oh no!

Maybe my dream was telling me that I am being taken over by my running. ? ? Ha ha. The dreaded evil running has taken over my brain. How could this happen to me? Whatever will I do? I think I will try and run away!

Oh boy, that is kookie. I better sleep with my running shoes on tonight.

Happy Running All!


All 2,320 ounces of me said "No" today.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Every last ounce of my body said "I do not want to exercise today." I have not experienced a day like this in a long, long time. I just did not want to do it. I woke up this morning and had the best intentions, I was going to run 4 miles after work.

The work day got the best of me. I was stressed and just wanted to go home. It's too windy and I'll be miserable. I'm tired. I have other things to do. I'll run tomorrow. I just don't care right now. I want to go home and relax. Excuses.

Then the Spark voices started in on me. No excuses. Pay the price today. Do it just for 10 minutes. Just put your runnng clothes on. Get started. It's only 30 minutes out of your day. Nothing feels as good as knowing that you did exercise today. Ask your doctor if getting off of your butt is right for you. Just do it, now!

Oh Lord was it tough. My sneakers were begging to feel the pavement. My workout clothes needed to feel the moisture of my sweat. My body had to get the release of tension and energy that was stored inside. My mind had to let go of the negative thoughts and go where it finds peace. But first I had to listen to the Spark voices in my head. I needed convincing. "I will feel so much worse if I don't go. Suck it up Girlie and get your A$$ out there!"

I hated/loved every minute of it. All 32 minutes. Some days you just have to move and not think about. Just GO!

I'm glad that I did!

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/17/2012 3:44PM

    And I am so glad you did it too! Woohoo, such an inspiration! emoticon

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Photos do not do justice.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

The beauty of this glorious spring day and the feelings of happiness and joy cannot really be photographed.

This is a photograph of an absolute blessing. 3 Years ago this young man was given his last rites and on life support.

Today we hiked 9 miles on our favorite trail. Pulpit Rock and Pinnacle Loop. I cannot express my joy. Life really is good!

Count your blessings everyday!!!!

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    What a gorgeous blog! I loved your photo and it was so moving too. Thank you.

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THROOPER62 4/8/2012 10:28AM

    Beautiful photos

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FREECLOUD 4/8/2012 10:02AM

    I think you've done a fine job with the photos. The opportunity to continue to share that with your son is priceless. You are truly blessed!

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