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Friday Five – Sharing the Running Love!

Friday Five Link-up with by Eat, Pray, Run DC,   Mar on the Run, and You Signed Up for What?

Today’s Theme

5 Ways to Share the Running Love

To me these transfer to life too!

1.   Be Inspiring – What I mean by this is just do the best that you can on any given day.   The best way to inspire people is to walk the walk or in this case Run the Run.   Be it a run around the park, a 5K, a 10K, a Half, a Full.   What ever it is make it the best run you can have.

2.   Be Authentic –  Don’t try to be anyone else.   The world is full of other people.  What the world needs is you to be you.   If you are a fast runner, run fast.   If you are a slow runner, run slow.   If you are in between, that’s fine too!   Life would be boring if we were all the same.   Running would be boring if we all ran the same race.    Be who you were meant to be and that is inspiring enough.

3.  Be Happy –  Yes, I know that there are things in life that are sad, depressing, and sometimes things don’t work out.   Yes, I know that there are runs that are sad, depressing, and sometimes don’t work out.   That being said, everyday is a gift.   Every run is a gift.    There are things in life and running that we just can’t change.   Don’t focus on those things.   Focus on the positive things, embrace them, and Be Happy.


4. Encourage Others –   There is a saying about strong women building each other up.   It’s true.   Another woman’s success does not take away from your accomplishments.   We are all in this together and should have each others backs!   You never know what your encouraging word can do to inspire someone.   Besides there is too much negativity in the world without adding to it!


5.  Be Proud of your Accomplishments –  Now, I don’t mean walk around with your medals all the time.   Although, I will admit that I will bring them to school pick-up after a big event to show my friends.   I don’t mean brag about it to every person you see either, although that is sometimes tempting.   I mean let your light shine.

Sing it with me now,

This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine

let it shine

let it shine

(Admit it, you sang it)

How can we inspire others if we hid away what we are doing?  You can’t.   So be proud of your hard work.  Share your hard won accomplishments, your goals, and what you are doing.

Now, your turn…

   I’m going to ask you to share the Running Love with me now too:)

  I wrote about this is my Blog Post Dreaming The Dream Until I can’t Dream It Anymore.   I’m not your typical runner.   I don’t have the runner’s body (what ever that is).   I wasn’t athletic ever, but I’ve become a runner along the way.  I have a passion for it.   I have a need for it.   I love to share it.   So I think to myself, why couldn’t I win to be on the cover of Runner’s World.   Wouldn’t it be cool if just your average running mom made the cover?    So, please vote for me here.

Dreaming the Dream until I Can’t Dream It Anymore

Life has sadly made me a realist.    I know that it’s not fair.   I know that you can’t always get what you want.   I know these things, yet I will let you in on a little secret.   I’m still a dreamer.   I’m still the person who thinks maybe, just maybe, I could win the lottery.   Every year I still without fail dream and enter for my HGTV Dream House.    The list goes on and on.    But as much as a dreamer as I secretly am, I still prepare for what life brings.    One of my life motto’s is”

Prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.

Not very inspiring at face value but if you look a little deeper it really is inspiring.   Yes, you have to prepare for anything that life may throw at you, but all the while you know there is something more.   Usually it’s the middle of the road more and not the golden ticket more, but there is always hope.

Growing up, I watched as my Grandmother had her book of lottery numbers.   She kept track of the numbers she played,   What numbers hit.   What the payouts were.   She dreamed of hitting the big one.   You know what?   She never did.   That was still ok because although she would have loved to win, it was the process that she enjoyed.   I guess I’m a lot like my Grammy and I actually think that is a good thing.   My Grammy I remember growing up was tough as nails, but also had such a softer side.   Now that she’s almost 90, I think it is the tough side that is keeping her going but the soft side is what shows through.

So it is in the spirit of my Grammy, the woman who always shot for the stars that taught me to dream the dream.    Even though the realist in me knows that I won’t win, I’m still shooting for the stars.    What am I shooting for now?    To be on the cover of Runner’s World!   Hey someone has to win and why can’t it be me.   No I’m not an elite athlete.   No, I don’t have a great backstory (although I kind of do).    No, I don’t have a bring a tear to your eye reason that I run.   I am just your average run of the mill runner like millions of others.   So why not me?

Now if you’ve made it this far, I would like to ask you to go one step further.   Please click on the link to vote for me.   You can vote for me often just not more than once a day.    So go ahead, you know you want to.



Runner’s World Cover Contest # 205