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Monday, May 7, 2012
Bad Day Made Good
When I was picking up dinner Friday night (Cafe Rio to go!), I ran into a friend I hadn't seen in a while. She told me she follows my blog and is inspired by me. It was the highlight of my day. And it made me think, because standing in line to get our food, I didn't feel very inspiring.
On Friday, I skipped my run to vacuum and dust my house. I didn't really feel like running so just about any excuse would have worked for me. I ate pumpkin chocolate chips cookies for breakfast. And lunch. And I washed them down with Dr. Pepper. Before walking out the door to get dinner, I survived one of the Bean's almost daily temper tantrum meltdowns, the kind that used to suck the life out of me for the rest of whatever was left of the day but now just leave me slightly numb because they are such a common occurrence. (If you have a 3-year-old or remember what having one is like, you know what I'm talking about. Forget the terrible twos. We loved the twos around here.)
(Look closely and you'll see a 3-year old crying outside the front door because
she likes walking out of a room and slamming a door when she's mad.
The front door was the closest one this time.)
I felt far from inspiring Friday night. As I thought about all of this, I realized that one of the things that inspires ME the most and keeps me going back to the blogs I follow is that the person writing the blog is human. I can relate to him or her on some level beyond the fact that we both run.
I sometimes have a hard time showing myself as more than just a runner or as a mom who runs because I don't like to admit my vulnerabilities, but I think it's important. And I want to be inspiring not only because I run but because I find the time and the passion for running while juggling a job, the busy life of being a wife and the awesome adventure of being a mom.
I basically had my race report written (in my head) before the St. George Marathon even started. I was that prepared mentally for the race...
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