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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Today is my youngest's birthday, she's 21 and I decided that today was the perfect day to run to her place instead of driving. I originally thought it was 3.5 but it turns out it was 4.5, I did it in 32:30 mins. Woot!

The road between our houses is very hilly but going to her place is much easier than coming back. Next time I'll run both ways but this was a good start. The first KM of the run is nothing but up hill then the rest is a lot of downhill with a few of those long steady, why does it feel like I'm going nowhere hills. (Yes the downhill did speed up my time but I'm still giving it a woot!)

It's a very pretty run. This was one of those very slight, go on for ever hills that looks flat until you look back and see how far up you came. I love that the road has a dedicated lane for bikes and runners, its a very popular running route.

As I ran I thought about how 21 years ago I had my last c-section, brought her into the world. All that sappy mom thinking that we do on our kids birthdays. Then I started thinking, I'm running. I'm healthier now than I was 21 years ago. I weigh less than when I gave birth to her. That's kinda cool to be able to say. I weigh the lowest now than at any point since having my last child. I came close to this low before but never was able to maintain a weight loss. While I was always active when the kids were growing up it was always "for them". As I ran today by myself it felt so wonderful. I am doing this for me. Not because my family deserves it, but because I deserve it.

I ran a new route alone, this was the first time I've done that. When I hit that second KM (first one never counts, we all hate the first one) and those endorphins kicked in I felt on top of the world. I got excited about running my first 10K in a few weeks. I got excited about the future and running the Great Wall of China Marathon with Elisa in 2 years. As I passed a couple of other runners coming the other way we high fived each other. I love the running community. It doesn't matter how fast you are, what shape you are in or how old you are. You are one of us and you are doing great.

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    That does look like a beautiful route! Congratulations on reaching your lowest weight since having your kids. That has to feel great. You are doing an amazing job and you are so positive and upbeat and such an inspiration! I can feel your love of running through your blogs and pictures, and it made me want to give it another try.

    Keep going strong! It will be such an amazing experience when you run that marathon in China. I am already excited to hear about it and see pictures!

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    Happy 21st to your daughter! I love the running community - it is so cool and I love being part of it. They are so welcoming. Last night we were running a preview of our half marathon route and I forgot to bring anything for fuel - my running buddies are always willing to share their gummies or chews. All the other runners high five, wave, nod or give a word of encouragement. When our big group does our Saturday morning runs it is the best - we get huge cheers. Especially from the guys - they are not at all annoyed that this is a women's only half - they will be there cheering us all on.
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    What an amazing journey you've been on. I hope to get back to running some day, but accept that my body may not allow that. In the mean time, I'll live vicariously through my Spark friends.

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    I love that you are so passionate about your running, good for you finding something you love and going for it!
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    Sounds like an awesome run, full of beauty and wonderful memories to think about! You have come a long way in your journey and it's always eye-opening to compare to how things were before.
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