Day 25 {motivation}

 {I should probably put these on and start training for the next half marathon,  huh?}

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Scrapbooking Marathon

I’ve finally made a scrapbook page of the trip to San Francisco and our adventures in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon.  The great thing was, when I finished the page on Sunday I thought to myself  this week I’ll call Heidi (BFF that I ran the marathon with) to ask for some of her pictures too.   Monday afternoon a card with San Francisco pictures arrived from Heidi along with an awesome letter that I added to the layout.  I swear we’re telepathic.  I love it when we connect like that – it happens all the time!

I’ve also been busy making space on my desk and in my schedule to begin scrapbooking on a regular basis again.  I have a lot to catch up on – like all of our photos of 2010.   My plan is to randomly scrapbook in the mornings and evenings when the chaos is unpredictable in our house (and I can go back and forth between my scrapping and housework/tantrums/school/playing/fixing meals) and then write for a few hours every afternoon (when the house is peaceful and “rest time” is in full force).  That’s what I love most about our office – our desk is gargantuan and I can leave my scrapping projects out and still have room to do my writing as well.  Thanks for the awesome desk, dad.

The Story of 2010

Every life is a story.  Whether it is a story worth telling and talking about, though, is up to you.”  – Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

As 2011 approaches, I’ve been taking some time to think about what I’ve accomplished this past year and what dreams I have for the new year.   I’m looking forward to building on this year’s achievements and to blogging about the adventures.   Back in January, the One Little Word I chose to represent my year was Story.  Just in case you’re new here, I’ve included something I wrote a few months ago about my Story of 2010: 

In January 2010, when it came time to make my New Year’s resolutions, I decided I was going to try a new approach.  In previous years my resolutions always started with a bang and then fizzled out by the middle of the year.  They were either goals that I wasn’t truly excited about, or ones that I just didn’t know how to accomplish.  A blog entry by Donald Miller inspired me to change the way I looked at resolutions.  I decided to focus on the bigger picture and create a great story for my life instead of just achieving a simple goal. 

Creating a great story entails a character wanting something and then overcoming conflict to get it.  It means deciding on a plot (something that the character wants), coming up with the catalyst (something that causes an important event to happen), and  envisioning the outcome.  Everyone can change their life story or add great chapters to it, and that’s exactly what I wanted to do.  After a lot of consideration, I decided to start with three new stories:  I wanted to get in shape, I wanted to travel, and I wanted to write a book.

I had no idea that writing out a new story for myself like this would be so rewarding.  I am very excited to say that I traveled around Europe over the summer with my family, ran a half-marathon in San Francisco in October, and I have completed a novel that I am very proud of.  And now I am in the process of training for my second half-marathon, and have sent my manuscript into the RWA Golden Heart Contest and to some publishers.  

I’m looking forward to adding some exciting new chapters to my life in 2011.  I hope you’ll start drafting a few chapters of your own and join me in living a great story!

I Run To Be.

One year ago I was feeling pretty weak.  I didn’t have much energy, felt sick all the time, and could barely walk up the stairs in our house without wanting to fall over at the top of them.  Deep inside I wanted to feel better, I wanted to exercise and have energy again, but I wasn’t motivated.  And then one day a little thought crept into my mind that maybe it was time to change the story that my life was telling.

Call it coincidence, call it chance, divine intervention or just universal magic – whatever it was, it made my best friend decide out of the blue to invite me to run a half marathon with her in October.  Although I thought it was a crazy idea, an impossible thing for me to accomplish, I said yes.  And I began walking, then jogging, slowly and steadily every month until running eight miles was actually doable.  But 13.1?  I never imagined I’d make it through that.

On race day I not only made it through 13.1 miles, but I ran it fifteen minutes faster than my goal.  I charged up most of the hills, ran at a good pace, and pushed through the finish line feeling like a champion.  Who knew that I would actually enjoy running a half-marathon!

 I can’t tell you how awesome it was to run 13.1 miles with 20,000 women, one of whom is my best friend.  I thank my lucky stars that she persuaded me to try a half-marathon, that she cheered me on and convinced me (both months before the race and during it!) that I could actually do it.  Because now I not only believe her, but I feel so good about being in shape that I want to keep running.  I want to keep pushing myself to try new things that seem daunting or impossible.  This half-marathon proved to me that if I can run as far and as well as I did on that day, then I can do anything! 

The motto for the Nike Women’s Marathon this year was “I Run To Be”.   While I ran the half-marathon, smiling at the awesome scenery in San Francisco and feeling high from the energy of all the women around me, I thought about what the motto means to me…

I Run To Be…  healthy.  I run to be happy.  I run to be a better mom and wife and friend.  I run to be in charge of my life.  And I run to be proud of my story.