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Just Do it Girl

I have always loved running. I’m not fast, and I don’t have cute outfits. As a matter of fact, I tend to sweat so much and my face turns so red that people have actually stopped and asked me if I am okay. It is not a pretty sight.
But I still love it.
Where I run adds to my enjoyment. It is across the street from my neighborhood, and it is so peaceful. It overlooks the river, part of the road is dirt, you hardly ever see people. Often I will see deer or geese.
My running partner used to be S. Last summer we were training for a half marathon, that we never ended up doing. She ran away, I got sad. Add in Christmas cookies and Netflix and running was put on the back burner.
So today even though my kitchen floor holds about six tons of street salt and a few unidentifiable sticky substances I decided to go for a run.
I laced up the sneakers, grabbed the ipod, qued up Bastille and headed out.
The run ended up being more of a walk, but that is okay.
It is more than I did yesterday.

Updated: March 11, 2015 — 4:12 pm


  1. Hi I stopped by from Janice’s link up to say hello and welcome to the Blogosphere! My name is Rena and I have two blogs. One is a lifestyle blog where I write about being a 40 something grandma to 4 month twins and take care of my mom who has Alzheimer’s. My motto is Appreciate the good, laugh at the crazy and deal with the rest. I’m at and I also have a US travel blog called Million Mile Blog! It’s so nice to meet you.


      Thank you for stopping by Rena! I think we follow each other on Twitter, I believe I have read some of your work and enjoyed it (forgive me for not being positive, still being new it is sometimes hard connecting Twitter peeps to real life lol). I love your motto!!
      Also thank you for your comment on Our Story. My Husband and I have worked out a division of labor on the comments, he responds on his posts so he will be responding, but it touched me so I wanted to thank you.
      Please visit again, and we will be stopping by as well!

  2. Good for you.
    When my S. first ran away I spent my days out posting flyers and talking to the homeless kids that hung around where I knew she spent her time. I generated a lot of sympathy because I was dragging her then four year old niece with me and I was a parent who cared.a lot of those kids didn’t have anyone. She had people telling her to go home everywhere she went. We are in a semi better place now so I can offer you some hope that eventually she might find her way back to you.
    For now, start living your life again. Let her grandparents deal with her. Love the child you have in front of you.
    You can’t do anymore than that.


      Thank you so much…you have no idea how helpful your insight is to us. I am going to copy your last two sentences down and reread them whenever I begin to struggle. Thank you <3

  3. I’m not a runner (don’t shake your fist at me… LOL). I want to be a runner. I try to be a runner but alas, I dislike it.

    Good for you though – walk or run!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.


      Thanks Jennifer, no fist shaking at all! I wanted to post for the Wednesday #BeWoW link, so I was searching for motivation, lol. Hopefully it has jump started me. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment 🙂

  4. I never did experience the elusive “runner’s high” myself, but I do know what movement can do for your state of mind and I’m super happy to hear of you doing something so positive for yourself. You deserve to feel good, and getting back to running is a great place to start!


      Thanks Jen! You are right it is a good place to start, hopefully I can carry it through to this week!

  5. I ran for 20+ years. Too many injuries! I admire you for leaving the floor dirty and getting in your leisure/fitness time. High fives!


      Thank you!! The floor can always wait!

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