Shifting my relationship with Running
Ok, so this really isn’t Wordless Wednesday – tricked ya.
This is me with my pal B.o.B. (aka Bethie)
She’s one of the main reasons I write this blog.
You see, way back when, Bethie and I knew each other through a few different groups of people without even knowing it (seriously, like 3-4 years ago we’d worked together, knew each other through running friends, and had no clue!) Fast-forward to the end of last year, I saw she was doing these fun runs (good ol’ Facebook) and I was finally ready to head out and run with others for a change (runners’ stage fright?) She posted about a Christmas fun run with Running for Brews South Tampa where everyone was to dress in Christmas garb and do a quick 5k (quick, right.) I thought “self, why not give it a shot and just do it?!” On a whim, I met up with Bethie and that’s the night I met another good running friend of mine now, Ben, and together we frolicked through the streets of South Tampa – we were dressed in Christmas garland and I had on the world’s hottest Santa hat (insulated with whale skin?) The lights that decorated the houses we passed by were extravagant and we didn’t care about how long we took or that we ventured off of the actual 5k route; we were enjoying the crap out of ourselves.
I started to run with Bethie more and met many awesome people through her that, to this day, are running partners of mine (she lives too far to play with us every week.) We’d talked about her blog and me possibly starting my own, but since I was wedding planning I couldn’t bear to think about adding something else to my to-do list. After the wedding, however, it was on!
I haven’t gotten to see her a ton as she’s been training her butt off – She’s competing THIS WEEKEND in her first 1/2 Ironman in Augusta! Being that I am a doggy-paddler extraordinaire, I marvel at her commitment and drive to hit this goal race amidst injuries this year and also having just ran a marathon in January! She’s inspired me to keep going through tough races and runs and always lets me know that I’m doing a good job when I’m just not sure if I match up to my own standards. She takes a ‘no excuses’ approach to life which I admire wholeheartedly! Why complain instead of just doing it!
So, my 100th post is dedicated to my awesome friend 🙂 Thanks for your kick-butt-ness ;)
see, right brained people can be smart sometimes 😉
Who has inspired you in your life? What do you have to thank them for?