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Monday, May 05, 2014

Today I was minding my own business in the break room, eating my lunch (it's in the bag), when a co-worker timidly approached and asked "Can I ask you something non-work related?"

"Of course," is my automatic response....

"Um... you do marathons, right?"

"Half marathons, yes... I've never done a full."

"How did you start?"

So, you all know how I can bubble about things that are my passion... so I told her. I started with a couch to 5K program I found on line. She went on to explain that a buddy of hers had challenged her to do the Lincoln Half Marathon next year... so of course I offered the advice to sign up right away when it opens, and promised to get her the link.

Meantime, I encouraged her to do a couch to 5K, and sign up for a 5K first!

Funny, when the Lincoln Marathon comes to town each year, more and more of us get drawn in to it. I'm thrilled to see people getting fit. I'm thrilled that newbies come to me to ask how I did it. Especially those who know I used to carry a lot of extra pounds. This gal knew me heavy.

Some of the newer workers never knew me heavy... and still they come to tell me they signed up for their first half next November. Or that they are starting to get in shape for their wedding.

I'm loving my "mentoring" role at the office.

LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. And it is at its best when you have friends and family along for the journey. Consistently, consciously, and creatively making choices to support a healthy lifestyle... I am GRATEFUL, for each and every day. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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