OK, so I'm new to this blogging thing, and I will admit, there's a certain kind of undue pressure that I'm putting on myself to keep ideas flowing on this blog. It's been a while since I posted something. It's not for a lack of things to say, it's for a lack of the pictures to go with it. You know, words only say so much, it's really the pictures that people want to see.
Additionally, the year's posts to date have sort of started out with some tear jerkers. I know this because people are telling me that they always know to read my posts when no one else is around! Oh my. I promise it's not intentional, it's just the way that life has been lately.
Today we ran a race. It was called Partners in Pain. I suppose it's name might make some expect to hear another tear jerker of a story. Partners in Pain is all about running 5K with a partner. At the end, your combined score can earn you prizes....except that I've run this race many times and I've come to know for sure that me and my partner will NEVER win any running prizes. Our prize is signing up for the race, actually showing up to run it, and checking it off the list of goals for 2011. And, damn that feels good!
As for me, I used to follow this same mentality. I mean, there was a time in my life where I was ultracompetitive and I really had a drive to train seriously and then get after it. But these days, it's more about the event than the actual race. Here's what I'm talking about:
The reality is, life is hard, and tragedies in our lives make it harder. But, when you have a friend who, within hours of losing her daughter, was able to coin the term, "LIVE ON!"....well, it just sort of makes you want to work harder. That is a special kind of person, and someone that I want to stick close to!