Throwback Thursday – Thank You, Running.

7 miles this morning enjoying some beautiful coral skies. I am very much looking forward to a little rest day tomorrow before my Saturday long run! Bring on 20 miles.

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So the folks over at Brooks inspired me to write my #thankyourunning story today and why I have so much gratitude for this wonderful sport.

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I remember like it was yesterday…7 years ago when I set out for my very first social run over at Luke’s Locker – a local running store in the Dallas area. I had just been laid off from a stressful job working lots of odd hours in TV news as an editor and I needed some serious change in my life. I wanted to be active, happy and passionate about things again. I loved working out but at the time it was not a priority in my life due to my crazy career chasing doom and gloom / breaking news. Being laid off I have to say was truly a blessing in disguise.
While unemployed I fell in love with running and working out again. It cleared my mind, made me feel good and was a great way to stay out of trouble while I was looking for a new gig. I also met some amazing new runner friends who I eventually trained and ran my very first half marathon with.

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We all ran in honor of our friend Angie, who was battling breast cancer at the time.

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I eventually got a job working where I work now, in Christian television as a producer writing promos and commercial stuff. It is a great gig and a refreshing environment to be in. I also am able to use my creativity in a new way and I get a chance to write a lot more positive, encouraging stories. Plus…working normal hours is truly wonderful! Yeah, I do not miss that overnight stuff, not one bit.

I’ve also been able to enjoy my running and focus on it a lot more. To this day I’ve run a total of 14 marathons, 22 half marathons and more 5ks and 15ks than I can count. I have also dabbled in some ultra running and am looking forward to training for my 2nd 50K in 2016.

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I am so thankful for running because it has helped me get through so many challenges and hardships I’ve had in this life. It has healed me through a painful breakup, tough times when I was feeling low and also times when I was feeling awesome. I will forever be grateful for my ability to run and enjoy this wonderful life of mine.

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Thank you, running.

What are some reasons why you are thankful for your ability to run?

12 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday – Thank You, Running.

  1. Beautiful throwback. I love these stories. I’ve heard so many people say being laid off or let go from a stressful job was the best thing that happened to them. God always has a divine plan! Blessings!

  2. this is a great story of how God can bless us when we least expect it, and a reminder to keep ourselves open to experiencing His blessings in disguise. i didn’t know you work in Christian TV! that’s awesome. you’re so fabulous.

  3. I love this post! It’s such a great reminder, especially on days when I have a hard time getting out there. For example, tomorrow morning I am sure that I will have a hard time getting up and doing double digits before work. But I am so grateful for running, all that it has given me, and the role it plays in my life. Thank you!

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