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Changing on a Deeper Level

Monday, August 20, 2012

So, I know I don't usually get all religious on ya, SparkFriends. But, today...it's what's on my mind so I figured I'd share. It's OK if you don't have the same belief system as me...that's what makes our rainbow of friendship so beautiful.

This morning, as I was spending my daily time with the Big Guy, I was reading through a daily devotional that I picked up at Barnes & Noble. It's called "Come Away, My Beloved" by Frances J. Roberts. It's probably the best little devotional book I've ever worked through and today's entry really touched me pretty deeply.

THE ART OF COMMITTAL

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3

O My child, lay your heart in My hand, and let Me heal it. Yes, let me gather up your tears, for they are precious to Me (see Psalm 56:8). You have not been suffering alone, but I Myself have been near you all along the way. My heart has felt all that you have felt. You do not have a high priest who is not able to sympathize with your sufferings, but one who experienced every grief and human emotion common to all people. In the midst of these painful experiences, He did not sin. Therefore, He is one who is able to help you (see Hebrews 2:18).

He is one, who having walked the same path Himself, is able to teach you how, in the midst of these human experiences of hurts, frustrations, loneliness, and heartache, you may rise above the natural self-reproach, depression of spirit, resentment and the like.

It is not easy. Not only is it not easy, but in the natural, in the flesh, it is impossible. But the same grace I promised to the Apostle Paul to help him bear his affliction, this same grace I will give to you (see 2 Corinthians 12:9).

You may bring the whole of your burden to Me. I will help you as the days go by, and as the trials come and go; and as the learning process continues, I will teach you the spiritual secrets of the art of committal.

For in complete and repeated commital lies the key to victories that can be thus more easily won, less painfully achieved, and more quickly gained, so that valleys become less deep and less dark, and more quickly passed through.

"Man is born," it is written, "to trouble, as the sparks fly upward" (Job 5:7). This is true as surely as rain falls and snow is cold. But it is equally true, and gloriously so, that I have promised to deliver you out of all your troubles.

So will you now take the first step in this experience of commital and give Me your heart?

Make it as tangible a transaction as possible, and visualize your own hand laying the physical organ of your heart in My hands. Say to me, "Take this, Loving Master and Wonderful Lord, and do with it as pleases You."

Wow. I can't fully explain the circumstances in my life to which this applies. But I can tell you I've been placing my heart in the wrong hands...and I've known this for quite some time.

Even though I knew in my heart that I was choosing incorrectly, my stubborn will (and my fear of not feeling loved) has kept me from giving up all my vain pursuits at love...which are, in the end, insufficient to fill me and make me feel truly worthy.

So, it was kind of a breakthrough morning for me. A lot of heart change here and I don't want to struggle anymore with these things that hold me back, that make me feel like I'm worth less and that feel great for awhile, but ultimately bring me heartbreak.

This choice to move forward has come with a flood of peace that surpasses understanding...and that's really how I know that it's the right move.

So, today...I am content. And thankful. And looking forward.

  
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FARIS71 8/26/2012 7:00AM

    All I can say is thank you so much for that. He really does have all the answers.

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DR8561 8/22/2012 12:43PM

    Thanks, Leah. I needed that today! emoticon

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KIPPER15 8/22/2012 9:52AM

    A wonderful devotional inspiration. Thank you. emoticon emoticon

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JMMACKIE 8/21/2012 9:20PM

    Thanks for sharing this! It speaks to a lot of issues I've been going through as well.

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MSTWOMOONS002 8/21/2012 4:06PM

    Hi Leah;
Thank you for sharing such powerful thoughts & words. It helps to remind me that I have given my problems over to the Creator; I have let go of people in my life that have left me however I feel good for awhile then in my human-ness I snatch things back because I don't see changes. That is unfair & unfaithful of me, thank you for giving me the opportunity to try again to get it right.
Have a wonderful day filled with love & peace may your heart be full of love & light.
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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/21/2012 2:45PM

    Those are powerful words. Thank you for sharing them; I could certainly use a reminder myself of the Greater Love that is out there caring for me and making all things possible and endurable for us. I don't know what exactly you've been struggling with in regard to this blog, but I am glad you have found peace. Take care of yourself!

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LINDAKAY228 8/21/2012 11:30AM

    Such a wonderful inspiration to me! Thanks so much for sharing it. I'm so glad that it brought a breakthrough to you and for the peace you are finding. We struggle so hard sometimes when He is waiting to help us if we just let Him. I know I do more often than I would like to.
Have a wonderful day today!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/21/2012 11:22AM

    That is beautiful Leah! God will not disappoint you. May He continue to bless you in ways you cannot imagine!

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NEWMOM20121 8/21/2012 8:53AM

    Thank you for sharing.

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FAERY_FACE 8/21/2012 7:02AM

    emoticon I am so happy that you have peace regarding your decision. May it serve you well! And thank you for sharing this awesome devotional.

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123ELAINE456 8/21/2012 4:23AM

  Awesome Blog!!! Thank You for Sharing This With US. We have an AWESOME GOD!!! And He Is In Control. God watchs over us and keep us safe. We need to listen to him for he knows what is best for us. So lets all of us try to for our own good. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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ANDASI 8/21/2012 2:41AM

    Thank you for sharing this. It is wonderful when we come full circle and get to the peace place. I am glad for you.

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COCK-ROBIN 8/20/2012 11:22PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing. That meant a lot to me.

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RUNNER12COM 8/20/2012 9:53PM

    This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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JUDSTERF 8/20/2012 9:16PM

    Thank you for sharing. It really hits home. Some times we forget those things in the past that we once knew or realized. Some times it takes others to remind us who is in control and it's not us but Him and Him alone.

You can share anytime.

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LIFEISPURRFECT 8/20/2012 9:06PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. It sure is scary stepping out of that boat, as the waves are crashing around you. I know, as I'm struggling myself. Thank you again for sharing.

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JUNEAU2010 8/20/2012 8:35PM

    Thanks for sharing! I needed this!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 8/20/2012 7:26PM

    Glad you shared this with everyone...
It is truly powerful and touches many!
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THETROUT 8/20/2012 7:15PM

    May you continue to find peace and contentment in Him.

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KBRADFORD88 8/20/2012 6:31PM

    Wow. Leah. This morning I had this visual in my mind of me with my hands open and giving God the things this week that have been killing me. This same picture was what I pictured when my future husband and I were not together and I had to give him "up". My schedule for this year and all the things I want to accomplish I am holding up with my hands open...Here it is Lord. Here it is.. It's in better hands than mine. emoticon

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ZANNBEE 8/20/2012 4:22PM

    That's awesome. He brings things to the surface so He can skim it off and heal us.

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PEGGYO 8/20/2012 3:58PM

    Amen

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JENNCABA 8/20/2012 3:07PM

    So glad to see that you are going to continue to push forward every day emoticon emoticonGreat blog !!! emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 8/20/2012 3:05PM

  You aren't "Changing" you are "Becoming" at a deeper level.

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TMOORE073 8/20/2012 2:27PM

    Good for you Leah! You are moving on! I know it is easier said than done. I am proud of you. You deserve to be happy. Keep your chin up & keep up that wonderful swimming girl! We do love our swimming now! Triathalon here we come! Ha ha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VICKYMARIEC 8/20/2012 1:44PM

    I CANNOT even begin to tell you how i think you were meant to blog this just for me. I needed to hear this...thank you!

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GODIVADSG 8/20/2012 1:30PM

    We are blessed that we have a God that speaks to us so directly! Bathe in his grace and love today! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/20/2012 1:20PM

    That happens to be one of my all-time favorite devotional books. It really is about finally putting our hearts in the right hands, isn't it?

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REGILIEH 8/20/2012 1:07PM

    Feeling content is the best feeling! Congratulations!

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TISTEN23 8/20/2012 1:00PM

    Thank you for sharing. Not religious, but I do know HE is there. :)

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MMARTHUR 8/20/2012 12:50PM

    I wish there was an "I LOVED this blog" button. Thank you for sharing. I am tired of struggling too. I am ready to turn it all over to Him and experience that peace. Thank you for sharing!

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GARDENSFORLIFE 8/20/2012 12:50PM

    May God Bless You!

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SLIMLEAF 8/20/2012 12:47PM

    Thank you for sharing this today. I'm really glad you did.

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PATTISTAMPS 8/20/2012 12:38PM

    Peace be with you today

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OPTIMIST1948 8/20/2012 12:33PM

    The whole point of devotionals, prayers and meditation is to take some time on a daily basis to focus on yourself as a whole person. There's also sayings that God uses more than one medium to reach us.

In the end, you ARE worthy. You ARE loved. And you deserve a world of WONDER.

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I Miss You

Sunday, August 19, 2012

This is Sunday Blog - take 4. I am feeling...agitated...frustrated...ugh. All kinds of things on my mind...budget, busy schedule, no change in weight, worry about returning to running, wanting to be better at work, feeling somewhat guilty about bad parenting choices today, etc etc etc. You know...life.

If there were ever a time where I would just LOVE to go for a long, 7-mile run all on my own, it is right now. I need some sort of outlet and I just don't have it right now. I can do the toughest deep water exercise workout...swim my heart out and I still don't get the same release that I get after a good run.

I've been doing all I can to fill this four weeks with good things...to keep my body in peak physical shape. But, it's the mental and emotional that's getting to me now. Gosh, I'm halfway through...more than halfway. I just need to hang in there a BIT longer. My follow-up appointment with the doc and hopefully the removal of the boot is in just 11 days. I can't afford to lose my focus. I'm already losing precious half marathon training days...I can't let myself go in this last week and a half. That would be so sad.

No...truth be told, I know I'll keep doing what is right. There are just times that I miss running SO much, I can't quite describe it. It's so much more than just exercise or a weight loss tool for me. It's my heart.

Oh August 30th....please hurry!

  
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KIPPER15 8/22/2012 9:49AM

    I have a magnet on my fridge that asks God to give me patience, but hurry up. It pretty well describes me. Hang in there, you are a star. emoticon

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LEB0401 8/21/2012 9:14AM

    What about going for a nice massage? It'll be incredibly beneficial for both your muscles and your mind! I buy all mine from Groupon, the "nearby" section has offeres that you can only use within a short time frame, and they're usually marked way down. It would be a nice way to squeeze in YOU time while you're sidelined a few more weeks.

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SHERYL_B 8/20/2012 9:40PM

    I know the feeling. Although I was only out of commission for less than two weeks I was going stir crazy.

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JUNEAU2010 8/20/2012 8:37PM

    So many of my sparkfriends are injured and can't exercise like they want to. Me? I HATE to exercise and can't seem to get moving at all....

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RUNNER12COM 8/20/2012 12:55PM

    What a great poster to go along with this blog. Yup, we'd run, anyway. Because that's what we do. We run.

And YOU will again. Believe it.

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LINDAKAY228 8/20/2012 11:42AM

    Hang in there. I know it's so hard but we're all here supporting and rooting for you. You can do this. It always seems darkest before the dawn and the dawn will be coming soon. I know you're not going to give up and you'll stay strong. But I also know what it's like to have those thoughts and feelings and it's normal. You're doing great to get through all this!

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 8/20/2012 11:38AM

    i know *EXACTLY* how you feel. I need the brain release from a good run - but I can't and I've been told it might not ever be in my future. I like to spin in place of running, but my knee has been so gosh darn sore lately that just getting out of bed has become a chore again...

hang in there friend. you'll make it!


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SJKENT1 8/20/2012 11:33AM

    One day at a time... one hour... one minute... a second...

Praying for you. Hang on my Spark Sister - this time will end, even if it feels like forever. There will be a wonderful end to all this!!



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JOYCECAIN 8/20/2012 11:03AM

    You can do this. I know you can. Keep working your program in other ways. Love emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 8/20/2012 9:49AM

    10 days now... you CAN do that! It is going to be a GREAT feeling to know you have gotten through this and stayed in as good fitness as is possible despite the limitations. You are a FIERCE WARRIOR WOMAN!!! Let's hear that roar!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/20/2012 9:19AM

    Hang in there. I know what you mean about the release after running. I don't even enjoy running itself all that much - it's the feeling AFTER I run that I am addicted to. I can't imagine going for weeks without it! I'm impressed with how well you're handling it. I have to have surgery (outpatient, laparoscopic, but it'll still come with a recovery period of at least a couple weeks, before I can really exercise like I want to and go running again, and I'm all worried about losing my endurance and not keeping in shape and not getting that great runner's high and all that stuff. I will try to keep your excellent example in mind to keep me from worrying too much!

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NDKARIKARI 8/20/2012 8:41AM

    keep your head up, August 30 is in 10 days and thanks to the boot, you will be in a much better position to train, than you may have been if you had just pushed through your pain. You CAN and WILL do this!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/20/2012 8:02AM

    You know, whatever problem you have with one of your children it's usually not hard to make it right. Just wrap them up in a warm, fierce hug and apologize or try to explain things better. Then do something fun with them like bake a batch of cookies or curl up in front of a movie or play a board game or whatever it is that they would enjoy. Most of all they would probably just enjoy spending time with you and knowing that everything was okay again. Running is great and I know you use it as an outlet for your emotions and to clear your head, but just because you go on a good run and you now feel right with the world doesn't mean that your children have an outlet to suddenly feel okay with things as well. Use this time to embrace helping them feel better. It could be therapeutic for you too!

I do hope that this next 10 days goes by quickly for you and that you are able to start training in earnest once the boot comes off. We all need goals and we all need an outlet!

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HBLACK5 8/20/2012 7:50AM

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NILLAPEPSI 8/20/2012 7:46AM

    One day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time or one foot in front of the other. Hang in there!! You're almost done. Do a countdown on your calendar to help you through. emoticon emoticon

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GUITARWOMAN 8/20/2012 7:45AM

    Read my blogs.

I was off the treadmill for 6-7 weeks with recovery from foot surgery, it was hard but I found substitutes and did it.

Word of cauthion, do not expect yourself to go back to your usual speed, distance, and intensity the first day the boot is off. Doesn't happen, won't work, you have to progress up to it.

Certain plans, like your running schedule, may indeed have to be modified. Life is like that.




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SLIMLEAF 8/20/2012 6:35AM

    You're doing emoticon

Just keep taking it one day at a time, one hour at a time, one choice at a time.

We CAN do this!

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123ELAINE456 8/20/2012 5:31AM

  Hang in there. This soon will past. You have a week and one half to go til the boot comes off. You can do it. We are here for you. Keep going and push through this. This is the way to go. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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GOSPARK45 8/20/2012 2:13AM

    Hang in there. We're all pushing for you. You can do this.


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ANDASI 8/20/2012 1:49AM

    I can understand and apreciate that running is youre outlet and nothing else quite compares and is just not the same. You have done such a great job on compromising and finding ways to manage through this so for sure you know what they say dont give up before the miracle happens because thats what people often tend to do. You are so close you are almost there.

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GOING-STRONG 8/19/2012 11:09PM

    Just remember you are getting in lots of pool time and you will need that for the Triathlon!

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This too shall pass - HANG IN THERE !

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JUDSTERF 8/19/2012 10:19PM

    emoticon You've done great so far and you WILL finish those next 11 days with yhour book on. The worst is behind you. You might have to have some physical therapy before you can begin running but you will run again before too long. Remember, baby steps will get you to where you want to be. I believe in you!! YOU CAN DO IT!!

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YOGAGIRL289 8/19/2012 10:10PM

  I totally understand your love of running. It clears my mind, brings me peace, and makes me a happier, calmer person. I have been so impressed with your creativity and motivation in taking your doctor-ordered running break! Only two more weeks - keep up your great job! You can do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEGGYO 8/19/2012 9:56PM

    you can do it!!

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I feel for ya, keep your chin up and concentrate on what you can do rather than what you can't do. The time will come for you to get back to running.

Hang in there. Be fierce!!



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KALANTHA 8/19/2012 9:38PM

    You're doing great, Leah. Just hang in a little while longer. I KNOW you can do it!

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/19/2012 9:34PM

    Running will be so sweet when you can come back to it. Hold on. The days will pass quickly. Hang in there.

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TMOORE073 8/19/2012 9:33PM

    Bless your heart. I so feel for you Leah. I truely know how you feel. When I was injured with my knee I couldn't run it was terrible! I have been a runner for 30 years its my life & who I truely am! Hang in there honey your almost there! I have been praying for ya along the way. Just think positive. It's almost over & you will be as good as new. Just keep swimming. That still gives you a great workout! That's why I started swimming because of my injury. I now just love it! I swam 5 days last week. Plus I ran the days I swam. There is a Triathalon in 3 weeks at the Outer Banks, NC. It is to soon for me just yet. But friends are trying to talk me in to it. Ha ha. It's a sprint Tri. I am going to keep traing very
hard who knows maybe I will be ready. Stay positive you're almost there Leah! Will still be praying for ya! Your Spark buddie!

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THESLIMMERME1 8/19/2012 9:29PM

    Hange in there emoticon Think of these periods as tests of your commitment to your self.

Have you done running in the pool - ie sitting on a noodle in the deep-end and running as hard as you can?

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TISTEN23 8/19/2012 9:15PM

    You can do it!!!

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WONDERWOMAN 8/19/2012 9:06PM

    Ah Leah, it is so hard when we lose something we love so much (even for a short time). But I HAVE to tell you this. I will bet we were having simultaneous thoughts; you trying to write the blog and me thinking how much I wish I were like you. I was doing some delayed stretching and rolling after today's run and berating myself for so easily succumbing to the "I can't run, so I give up" attitude. Not stealing your blog and details really don't matter, bottom line, I quit ST, most other activity, and had horrible eating habits over the past several weeks when I wasn't running because of my ankles. My point, don't be so hard on yourself, keep up what you are doing, this too shall pass, and know you ARE an inspiration to so many of us.
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DR8561 8/19/2012 8:59PM

    Feelings are fickle and fleeting. This too will pass. You're doing an amazing job and you WILL get through it. emoticon emoticon

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BTURPEN3721 8/19/2012 8:57PM

    Well, we all have those days, and if you feel like a run...go for a run!

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    I wish you the best. And good running! emoticon

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

What a GREAT day today!!! Up at 8am and I was ready to get moving! It was one of those days where you wake up and you just think, "I will not waste this day! There are so many things I want to do!"

Took awhile to get around and get my physical therapy done and get dressed, etc. Made a breakfast smoothie and slowly sucked that down. Around 11am, I was ready to head out the door for a nice, long walk with my 6 yr old. I realized it might be pushing the envelope going for a long walk in my boot, but it was a GORGEOUS 54 degrees outside and the sun was shining. I refused to miss out on that glory!

So, we stocked my hydration belt with water and some of those Powerbar Gel Blasts and embarked on our journey.



Originally, we set out to do 6 miles. However, she's small...so one of my steps is two steps for her. It's a long way for little legs. And look at the shoes she is wearing.

This is Elayna's imitation of a runner in the Olympics getting ready to run. I like the perspective of the sidewalk behind her, which looks like it goes on forever and ever.



I have to say, Elayna is my....unique child. She's quite gifted and also over emotional. She says the most random things and, most of the time, she says them with an inflection that is so grown up, you could just laugh out loud. She's devastatingly smart and has a great sense of humor. Spending time with her and listening to her thought processes is truly a delight! No shortage of laughter on this walk, I'll tell you that. She's also crazy curious and soaks up information and knowledge like a sponge. So, I took the opportunity to teach her as much as I could during our time alone together.

Along the trail, we happened upon this BEAUTIFUL fungus on a dead log:



I explained all about how it grew and Elayna made the connection between this type of fungus and moss (which also grows in cool, damp places). Smart, I tell ya!



We talked about limestone and fossils and geodes and snakes and foxes. Elayna (quite humorously) gave her opinion of every single biker and runner that passed us on the trail. We stopped twice to have water and Powerbar Energy Gel Chews. We talked all about hydration and fuel for a hard workout and explained why we don't just eat the gels like candy at home when we aren't working out.

Here are a few Elayna gems form today that made me giggle:

E: I can't wait to grow up and have a mansion!
L: How are you gonna get a mansion?
E: I'm going to be a billionaire.
L: Oh yeah? How are you going to get that much money?
E: I'm never going to spend any of my money. Especially not on crappy things!

L: There's a runner coming up from behind us. Stay on your side of the trail while they pass.
(Runner passes)
E: Mommy...she is not very fast. She's just jogging.
L: Just because she isn't fast doesn't mean she's not a runner.
E: Um, yes it does. Jogging is in between walking and running.
L: Well, I guess you don't think I'm a runner then. Because I run really slow.
E: *exasperated sigh* Yep. Mom. You're a jogger.



We had to take a little break mid-walk for some hopscotch.



Well, Elayna's bad shoes ended up giving her a blister. I ended up carrying her on my back for a little ways (not too much...but enough to realize how WRONG it looked for a woman in a boot to be carrying a kid on her back! Haha!)

All in all, my little girl hung in there for 3.4 miles! She didn't complain once and, when we were home, I read her all the stats from my HRM. 3.4 miles, 1 hr 45 minutes at 2.5 miles per hour. 9980 steps (for me...she must have taken about 18,000 steps!)

At home, we gobbled up lunch and grabbed the rest of the kiddos to take them to the Splash Pad.

This one is really in a strange frame of mind these days...I feel like she just can't decide between "being cool" and remaining a child, expressing herself and having fun with her family. Every time we ask her to do something fun or go somewhere, she just shrugs and says she doesn't want to go. Then, she practically cries as we leave her behind with her grandparents (even though we tell her over and over that we'd love to have her join us!) It's been so confusing to me (and her!) lately. I don't know what is going on in her head...but I know she is growing up and so much is changing in her heart and in her body too. I feel her moving further from me...and it's difficult.



She wasn't going to join us at Splash Pad but, at the last second, she ran out to the car begging me to let her come. She had so much fun with her younger brother and sister. Then, I took them all out for ice cream. It was just a wonderful afternoon - one of those golden memories that you take in and try to brand on your brain so you never forget this special time.

It warmed my heart so much when we walked in the house and she was singing to her Dad and grandparents, "This was the best day ever with my Mommy!" Then, she impulsively ran up to me and hugged me tight and kissed me on the cheek and said, "Mommy! Thank you SO much! That was so much fun! Thank you."

Predictably, I am EXHAUSTED now. But, it is a sweet happy exhaustion. Full of joy and thanksgiving. I have the sweetest kids on the face of the planet. Sometimes I look at them and I can't believe I MADE them. What a blessing to know these interesting little people. They drive me absolutely insane at times, but I wouldn't trade them for the entire world. Well....not today, at least.

  
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ONEKIDSMOM 9/1/2012 7:01PM

    What a great day this was... hope you're holding it in your heart, as moments in time have a way of sliding by. How wonderful that we have pictures and blogs to share!

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DOTTY7267 8/28/2012 9:38AM

    Enjoy them!

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JAXMOMMY 8/21/2012 11:28AM

    What a fun and joyous read! Thanks for sharing your glorious day with us!

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SJKENT1 8/20/2012 11:37AM

    What a precious day for you and the kids. Hold on to these memories and remind yourself on the darker days. I love those commercials about foster care and adoption with the parents being geeky and weird and the words (can't remember the exact wordage but the general idea is that kids need love more than perfect parents)

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COLETTEISGREAT 8/20/2012 7:57AM

    Wonderful!!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/19/2012 7:21PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day being a mom! We went on a 10 mile family bike ride today and had so much fun talking and laughing and encouraging each other. We definitely have to embrace every opportunity we have to connect with our kids. Keep being a great mom!

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FALLNTENN 8/19/2012 1:59PM

    What a wonderful day it must have been. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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MSTWOMOONS002 8/19/2012 1:51PM

    Hi Leah;
Thank you so much my dear heart new friend for sharing your blog, it made me smile and made my heart pound. As I read it and allowed myself to remember when my girls were little all the fun things we'd do together& then my 4 grandchildren, ahh lovely memories just can remember them too often as it makes me sad that I no longer have them in my life.
My Mother in law told me as the girls grew up to enjoy them I did I enjoyed everyday, every play at school or game, all the girls at all the sleepovers we'd have, the car loads of kids going skating. They grew up way too fast, but somehow my grandchildren grew up faster and I miss them all so.
Thank you for warming my heart, treasure your children while you can they grow up so quickly.
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FLATROSIE 8/19/2012 9:36AM

    An interesting perspective on a mom's thoughts about her kids. They are truly different from each other so it's nice to see you observing and embracing the nuances.

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HEALTHY4HIM 8/19/2012 7:53AM

    Beautiful, Leah! I remember well the intense joy and satisfaction that came from a day well spent with my younger kids! It gets tougher as they get older...those simple, golden moments seem to be fewer. Kudos on recognizing and enjoying, my friend!
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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 8/19/2012 7:18AM

    wow thankyou for taking me on your walk, it brought back wonderful memories of my boys, I had a curious one and a crazy unique curious one.
Thankyou your children are beautiful!!

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SLIMLEAF 8/19/2012 6:08AM

    I don't have any children.

I'm glad you are enjoying yours.

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LIZALOT 8/19/2012 2:20AM

    Totally agree with swede_su! what a wonderful day with them all.

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LINDAK25 8/19/2012 2:13AM

    Sounds great! Reminds me of my grandson! Wouldn't it be nice if you could just freeze those moments in time and come back to them whenever you wanted to?

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SWEDE_SU 8/19/2012 12:46AM

    you are one lucky mommy, and they are very lucky kids to have a mommy like you!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 8/18/2012 11:25PM

    Awesome!!! WTG!!!

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WONDERWOMAN 8/18/2012 11:14PM

    What a great mom - what a great family.

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OPTIMIST1948 8/18/2012 10:04PM

    Times that you hang onto for the tough times, when they are whiny and throw their coats on the floor because its too hard to hang it on the hook. Times when y'all are stir crazy in the middle of February and you've been breathing each others air for just too long and the tension snaps like brittle icicles.

Hold onto these hopscotch memories. Too soon they fade into adults....

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TISTEN23 8/18/2012 9:45PM

    Wonderful!

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SHERYL_B 8/18/2012 9:18PM

    What an awesome day!!!

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4RASCALS 8/18/2012 9:18PM

    The best way to spend your day..

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PEGGYO 8/18/2012 9:00PM

    sounds like a fun day

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    Great blog and sounds like a good day!

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ZANNBEE 8/18/2012 8:46PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day!

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RUNNER12COM 8/18/2012 8:09PM

    What a crazy wonderful day you all had. I love it!

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    What an active day!

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ERICADAWN1986 8/18/2012 7:39PM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. It sounds like an amazing day. I don't have kids myself yet but I work with families/ children and it makes me so sad how sometimes parents get so lost in the day to day that they don't even notice how amazing their kids are and how fast they are growing. How wonderful that you could pause for a moment to make some precious memories and even more wonderful that you could teach your little one about the importance of health... Even if you are "just a jogger!" Lol!

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WILDFLOWER521 8/18/2012 7:20PM

    It sounds like y'all had one of those days that will be remembered when the kids are older talking about how great their childhood was and how much they cherished those times.

My 11yr old DS doesn't know if he likes me right now or not. His moods are so unpredictable! I did score big points yesterday with him though when I let him get his hair cut like Justin Bieber, when he was done, he promptly started singing Justin'g song "Boyfriend." Bonus, the haircut was free thanks to JcPenney's back to school free haircuts for the month of August!

Congrats on the wonderful day and getting to share that with your kids.

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JUNEAU2010 8/18/2012 7:18PM

    What a wonderful day! Giving them memories that they will treasure and want to recreate with their children is a fabulous gift!

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MANDA2424 8/18/2012 7:16PM

    That's really great that you got out and walked as a family... how do you motivate your children? My son doesn't really like to exercise

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JENNNY135 8/18/2012 7:14PM

    The life of a Mom, glad you're enjoying every moment. Sounds like a wonderful day, love the pics.

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KBRADFORD88 8/18/2012 7:13PM

    FYI, My daughter has been acting like that too and guess what she just has to go. I only let her stay home on certain occasions because she and I will need this relationship very soon. Believe me it will be worth the frustration. She needs you more than she realizes. You are such a good mom to those girls.

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HEALTHY4ME 8/18/2012 7:09PM

    What a great day, what beautiful girls you have and such memories for you all. So great anytime that the nearly tweens want to spend time with us. My boy was more amendable than dd she wanted nothing to do with me, but now at 32 is much more agreeable. lol spent the day at her house she was hosting a wedding shower for her friend. We are invited to the wedding so I went along tot he shower.

Glad you had a great day.

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How Much Is Too Much?

Friday, August 17, 2012

You know those days where you just can't think of a thing to blog? Yeah...this is NOT one of those days!

This day has just not stopped since I dragged myself out of bed at 6am. It was early and I was sleepy, not looking forward to driving to the YMCA and jumping into a cold pool to swim 22 lengths of the pool...but I did nothing physical yesterday at all, so I really wanted to get a workout in today. And, frankly, 7am is the only time I had available. I just could not let another day slip by where I would not be actively working toward my goals.

I am one of those people that HATES eating breakfast super early in the morning or right after I wake up. My body needs some time, you know? BUT...I was about to do some pretty heavy duty swimming (for me, still a beginner) so I knew I had to give my body some fuel to run on.

Thankfully, I have a whole BUNCH of THESE sitting in my pantry:



I've never tried these before, but MARATHONDAD kept INSISTING that I would love them. Our local grocery had them on sale for $1 and I literally bought every single package because that was such a great deal!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Friends, I have found my racing fuel of choice.

They are DELICIOUS!!! And, here I am, thinking...WHY didn't I listen to MARTHONDAD in the first place??? Oy vey.

These little guys have caffeine in them too and, I'll tell you, I could feel the energy boost almost immediately after eating them. In addition, you are supposed to take them with water, so I got 16 oz. in my body before I even started my day. Not too shabby!

OK, so...the swim. This was my second time swimming and I really just wanted to focus on form and technique and, especially, on breathing. It was every bit as tough this time as last time...but I was analyzing things more as I went. I was surprised to realize that swimming is very much like running, in that it is a pretty tough mental game.

This is what happens to me: I start off going down the length of the pool feeling great...totally at ease and relaxed. I still haven't figured out a breathing pattern, so right around the end of the first length, I am starting to get winded. By the time I'm going back down the length, getting ready to finish my lap, my body is so much more tense and I would go so far as to say "flailing". After one lap, I must stop and breathe for at least 30 seconds before I can start another.

In my head, I know that the same is true of swimming as running: SLOW DOWN and RELAX. But...I have not been able to figure out how to make my body go a different speed. And, as I said, I am relaxed until the end of a lap. I believe this is 100% mental. Phsysically, my body should be able to continue. Gosh, isn't that just like running? Except scarier...because when you panic in water, you could drown.

Because of these issues, my tiny bite-sized goal for today was to swim 4 lengths (2 laps) non-stop. I was able to do that...twice...at the end of my swim. That made me feel proud. That pride will make me come back and try again.

Of course, swimming is also NOT the same as running. The biggest difference I've noticed is the delayed onset of exhaustion. When you are running, you feel tired as you run. In the pool, I don't feel particularly tired or sore or anything. I felt a *slight* burning in my arm muscles near the end...but it wasn't horrible. When I get out of the pool, there is a period of about 15 seconds where I feel AWESOME...but then at 20 seconds out, it is like exhaustion pounces on me like a panther. It's the most bizarre feeling I've ever felt. Luckily, it doesn't last long...but, my goodness, it takes a person by surprise! I'm used to feeling RADIANT after a run...not like I suddenly got run over by a truck. Haha.

I am learning so much about fueling my body...by how it feels. This morning, the Powergels were exactly what I needed to get my body going and fuel my swim. I did a sprint triathlon distance in 26 minutes. But, as soon as I was out of that pool and showered, I literally HAD to eat something...immediately. As in, I had not even gotten dressed but I was eating. Thank God I had brought graham crackers with peanut butter with me. I truly believe I could not have gone one more moment without fueling. That's just crazy. I really LOVE getting to know my body in this way.

After swimming, I booked on over to the physical therapist's office. New office. New therapist. This is the location with the water treadmill and pool therapy. Spent one hour with my P/T just going over everything that's ever happened to my body, moving my feet every way possible, walking so he could analyze my gait, etc. Of course, it was a WEALTH of knowledge...specifically about MY body. SO great to learn!

You know what my problem is??? I run differently on one foot than on the other. I suppose I always suspected this because I know I tend to baby my right ankle, whether it be intentional or not. But it is a marked difference. He said my right foot turns out a little and my left foot pronates. This is just awful for the rest of my body. He gave me a pretty motivational speech about how we are going to work on this in the pool, but when I get back on land, my complete and total focus needs to be on nothing but running evenly. My goodness, he's a great therapist. I know I've said it before, but I feel SO blessed to have such an excellent medical team on my side!

Of course, that comes with a price tag. They are pretty much my personal trainers/coaches right now. What would you expect to pay for that? If you said $250 per visit, you'd be correct. I balked at that amount at first, especially when I did some quick math and realized I'd be shelling out a cool $2,000 when all of this is said and done. How much is too much to invest in this half marathon/marathon/triathlon dream? When I really consider what I'm getting for my money, I can honestly say it's the first time I've ever seen a doctor bill that I felt was completely justified. And if you think that this could save me countless injuries and setbacks in the future, it is literally priceless therapy that I'm receiving right now. 14 doctor visits in a span of 8 weeks is a little crazy, but I'll tell you...it made me think long and hard about what I really want.

I want to be an athlete. I AM an athlete. And, more than that, I want to be healthy for life. There are going to be bumps in the road (many caused by my obesity), but I refuse to let obesity win. It has been winning for far too many years. I have wasted too many days, months, years of my life wishing I could do things that are beyond my reach. My appetite and declining health have controlled me for more time than I care to admit. It's time for me to rule my own body and make my own choices. How much work am I willing to put into this?

The answer: as much as it takes.

  
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NKOUAMI26 8/21/2012 9:19AM

    Beautiful blog. It is amazing to read about fellow parkers that are motivated to reach their goals. All I can say is this is inspiration to me.
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CHANSEN_20001 8/21/2012 9:14AM

    Wow. Great job!!

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GREENGENES 8/21/2012 7:42AM

    Wow. Great dedication.

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TERID816 8/20/2012 11:41PM

    Yay for great choices! You Rock!

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LYNNIERN 8/20/2012 11:19PM

    Great blog, particularly love that last line!

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    Way to put out what it takes to get you back to where you want to be! Motivational blog. I want to try those power gels now. emoticon emoticon

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    Your determination is astounding!

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IRISHANGIE1 8/20/2012 4:51PM

    I respect and admire you so much...NOTHING gets you down, or sets you back. You just keep on keeping on!! Your dedication and motivations inspire so many of us here at Spark, and it's not only the runners, it's the average Joes' and Janes' who respect and admire you too!!

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LANEE24 8/20/2012 9:51AM

    LDRICHEL- You are AMAZING! Dedication is the key, and 6am is definitely dedication :). I am training myself for my first 5k and it has been a beast! Bad knees, strained back, flat feet lol...it's been a process, but like you I'm trying to stay on track! Your blog was so inspiring and I'm ready for 5pm, so I can get home and hit the treadmill! Thank you and KEEP PUSHING!!! Just remember- One day at a time emoticon

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NJJ-EXERCISE30 8/20/2012 8:56AM

    I prefer Quest bars with Whey protein.

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DETERMINEDLOSER 8/20/2012 8:25AM

    Great Attitude! You are doing GREAT! I am going to have to look for those Power Bars and give them a try.

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    nice and might try the powerbars

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HHUGHES71 8/19/2012 10:08PM

    Keep up the good work! I am trying to motivate myself to a do a 5K, I think. Not a fan of running, but so many people I work w/ are runners. If you can do it in the pool, where I am most comfortable, then I will attempt to do it on land where you seem to be more comfortable!

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SIMOFDIM 8/19/2012 10:07PM

    Good for you! Our journey's are so much alike! I had a similar experience with a wonderful physical therapist, doctors, massage therapists, acupuncturists who helped me turn things around. When I started in October 2010, I could only walk in the pool for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. This weekend I swam in my first fresh water race. One mile in lake. I am looking forward to swimming more races. Keep up the good work, swim those laps, fix that gait and you'll be rocking!

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LYDIASPURPLE 8/19/2012 8:46PM

    Go for it girl. BIG time!

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JIM12490 8/19/2012 7:48PM

    Stick with it you sound like you are doing great! One trick I used to use while swimming in my youth was to change strokes each length until I built up endurance. It never hurts to give yourself a recovery lap. Keep on pushing.


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KIMMIG133 8/19/2012 5:34PM

    I am SO going to have to find some of those Power Bar energy blasts & try them!

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VTHOKIE88 8/19/2012 5:21PM

  Wow! I love your attitude. I too am financially investing in becoming an athlete, getting rid of this weight and into a place where I can play again - ski, run, hike, live - without worrying about my body getting hurt because of the huge mass it had to move. I've joined a program overseen by a doctor with a therapist and 3 trainers/physical therapists. 3 weeks into it - down 10 lbs and I can feel muscles I never knew about. Thanks for the tips about the energy blasts. I hate to eat before I work out, and am looking for something I can easily put in my body to give it fuel when I go to the YMCA early in the morning! Keep sharing those tips, and keep going! You are an inspiration!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

So, remember my running buddy, Sarah, that I met out on the trail?

Here is yet another photo I stole from Sarah's FB page:



Yes, gentleman...she's available! Haha.

RECAP: Sarah and I passed each other on our regular morning runs almost every day. We would pass each other twice around the same spot on the trail every time. She had the sweetest smile and was so cheerful and always said, "Good morning!" I really wanted to know her story, so one day before my run, I penned a quick note and took it with me, hoping she would be out on the trail. Of course she was! So, as we got closer to passing each other, I yelled, "I have a note for you!" And I passed it to her. On the second pass, she introduced herself and said she'd e-mail me.

A couple weeks later, we had coffee for about half an hour, chatted about running and realized we were meant to be running buddies. We agreed to go on a short run together...an easy 5 miler. I had never run with a partner before. It was so much fun!

We decided, rather spontaneously, to do a long run together on a Saturday. 7 miles. That was awesome too! But, that was the fateful day of my ankle injury.

We had texted each other a couple times since then. She has been such a sweet, uplifting force for me through this time of injury and we have missed running together.

The other day, Sarah announced that she would join me for Deep Water Exercise. I was so proud of her for going out of her comfort zone.

And this is when it happened...

Try and put yourself in Sarah's shoes (probably Asics) for a second.

There's this girl that is close to your age that you keep seeing on the trail. One day this freak passes you a note...like it's high school or something. In the note, she calls you beautiful, but also makes sure you know that she isn't hitting on you. What a weirdo. But points for originality.

You meet her for coffee and it's fun! Yay! Instant friend!

You go running together once and decide it was worth it. Let's do it again!

Awww....friend is injured...no more running buddy for at least a month. Maybe it would be supportive and fun to go to deep water exercise with her.

Then, as you are struggling not to drown, she lays this one on you...

"So...do you wanna train for triathlons with me?"

Wait....WHAT?!!!!

Here's the best part, Sparkfriends. She thought for about, I don't know...one minute...and said, "OK, let's do it!"

Ahahahahaha! YES!

So...here we are. Two virtual strangers checking out swim instructors/classes and planning to split the bill. Biking will be next, but we can only handle one or two things at a time, you know. (Oh, did I mention she also plays tennis?)

We must be nuts. Barely knowing each other and agreeing to forge into this completely unknown territory together. But, the thing is...we don't feel like strangers. It's AMAZING what can happen on a short 5-mile run. So much sharing...so much common ground discovered. And it really doesn't take long to know when someone is a kindred spirit, does it?

Anyway, it might be insane, but it's fun...so...it'll be worth it. And I think we will only love ourselves more as we move through the process.

  
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LINNBEAR 8/23/2012 10:26AM

    Don't over think! Just enjoy the friendship. Good for you for stepping out, she could be just the girl you say hi to on a run, but then you would have both missed out on so much.

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I love how you just put yourself out there without fear!
Congrats on having a buddy to train with. How fun.
Keep up the great work..
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    Thank you for sharing. Sometime our best friend is on front of us; but because we get scare we lose them. GOD BLESS YOUR NEW FRIENDSHIP emoticon

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THETROUT 8/20/2012 7:56PM

    You guys look alike!

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SASSYLJB 8/20/2012 5:27PM

    People come into our lives just when we need them and stay for the time we need them be it a short time or for the duration of the time of our lives.I am glad that you have found that perfect person to train with, You got this go for it!

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MANILUS 8/19/2012 2:03PM

    Always great to enjoy things you love with a friend!

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ROB704 8/19/2012 1:22PM

    I don't know which is cooler - the friend or the fact that you two are training for a triathlon - Holy Running Shoes batman!

Go get 'em!

It's stories like these that keep me going some days.

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BESSHAILE 8/19/2012 8:17AM

    this is SO cool! Can't wait to hear about the training.

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JMARIES51 8/19/2012 2:15AM

    Cherish your relationship because these things don't happen everyday! My best friend passed away a year and a half ago and I miss her everyday.

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 8/17/2012 2:25PM

    that is so freaking amazing! you are so lucky to have that spirit with you. I am in this alone (well, IRL). I have my Scotty - but he's a busy guy and we don't like the same sort of training. And he's already at his goal. He's trying as hard as he can to be super supportive and trying to be understanding of my current situation, but I always feel like I'm holding him back.

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FLATROSIE 8/17/2012 12:11PM

    Friends are a great thing to collect! emoticon

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JKELLEY1107 8/17/2012 11:26AM

    That is so cool. Thanks for sharing! Makes me wanna go out on a limb and introduce myself to someone new. I tend to stay in my little comfort zone all the time....

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ISABELLE31 8/17/2012 9:43AM

    What a cool story! :)

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SHERYL_B 8/17/2012 8:33AM

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SPARKLISE 8/16/2012 10:18PM

    Nice!
Good things come to those who are not afraid to try new things! emoticon

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KIPPER15 8/16/2012 9:19PM

    Friend come along in the strangest ways. Isn't that nice. emoticon

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KEIPONY 8/16/2012 9:13PM

    Didn't take long.....

Go for it!!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 8/16/2012 8:43PM

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TKADEEPBREATH 8/16/2012 5:18PM

    You two even look like you could be real life sisters . . . that's cool . . !

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PEGGYO 8/16/2012 3:21PM

    You can do it.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/16/2012 3:01PM

    That is AWESOME!!!

I met my closest friend through a learn to run class. We were in class & the teacher told us we needed to find a running buddy for the running homework through the week. We chose each other & have been close friends ever since.

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IRONBLOSSOM 8/16/2012 2:42PM

    That's so awesome! Finding someone you click with and can exercise with like that sounds great.

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GOSPARK45 8/16/2012 2:00PM

    Sometimes you just know a best friend the minute you meet her. How wonderful!
Maybe the injury put you on this new course. Wow, weird huh?

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LYNSEY723 8/16/2012 11:31AM

    That's awesome!! Onto new and bigger adventures for you! It is so great that you have someone to do this with. Way to go!!

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AMBER281 8/16/2012 11:25AM

    That is so awesome that you have such a great support and friend!

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NYCMEGHAN 8/16/2012 10:51AM

    Can't wait to read all about your journey! I'm now on a mission to find a running buddy :-) Glad that the recovery is going smoothly.

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AUTUMNBRZ 8/16/2012 10:37AM

    That is terrific! You guys were lucky to find one another :) Good luck!

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CLUTTRELL8 8/16/2012 10:31AM

    It's awesome to meet someone you feel you've known for a lot longer than you have... and it sounds like it's going to be a great, supportive friendship for you both! emoticon

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HFAYE81 8/16/2012 10:29AM

    That is the coolest thing ever! Running buddies are the BEST!

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SMANISMELL 8/16/2012 9:55AM

    I think it is awesome you have a buddy to exercise with. I would really like to have one. I feel that you can go farther and do more if you have someone there with you.
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PATTISTAMPS 8/16/2012 9:45AM

    My 3 best friends and I would never have met if 2 of us hadn't been married to the guys we were married to at the time... Now, 30-some years later, we are sisters of the heart and soul! So I hope that you and Sarah have a long and wonderful friendship, and share many things together! emoticon

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CHEERFUL-ALT-3 8/16/2012 9:18AM

    Good luck! My friend and I tried to do a mini tri together...we didn't actually make it to the race, but we had a great time trying! I am sure you will have a blast :)

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MEH50BEWELL 8/16/2012 9:16AM

    Fate!
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VICKYMARIEC 8/16/2012 8:52AM

    Thats great!

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NDKARIKARI 8/16/2012 8:33AM

    awesome! so happy for you that you have found an accountable and nice buddy!

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ELLENBERRY 8/16/2012 8:31AM

    emoticon That is amazingly cool! Best of luck! I will be rooting for both of you.

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NLPOLAK 8/16/2012 8:22AM

    That's great! You just never know what each day holds, or who might end up being one of the best friends you could ever have, even in the most unlikely situations!

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OPTIMIST1948 8/16/2012 8:19AM

    The Beatles said it best: "I get by with a little help from my friends"

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4RASCALS 8/16/2012 8:06AM

    AWESOME!! You can do it You never stop amazing me.
Your an awesome person, such drive & determination.
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REGILIEH 8/16/2012 8:04AM

    WOW!!! How much fun the 2 of you are going to have! I cannot wait for the rest of the story!

Go! Go! Go!

She is going to be really blessed being with you!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/16/2012 8:00AM

    Congratulations on finding the perfect person to go on this adventure with you! Have fun!

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GUITARWOMAN 8/16/2012 7:28AM

    Serendipity!

Bonus!

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PATTOMMC3 8/16/2012 6:16AM

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DUMBBELLE84 8/16/2012 1:28AM

  That's so cool. Good for you, Leah.

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CORINA-MOMOF4 8/16/2012 12:13AM

    awesome!!

I'm actually thinking of creating a facebook group for my area for local runners... I often see the same faces when I'm out running, and each time I want to stop and ask them their training plans, what runs they have scheduled ect...
I thought about creating the fb group and then make little cards with the name of the group and then hand them out to runners as I pass them. I'd name the group:
"city name runners group" or "city name runners"

Is this a crazy idea? What would you do if you were out running and someone gave you a card that tells you about a facebook group for runners in your city?

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/15/2012 11:47PM

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