Wednesday, December 28, 2011

To Run is Fun...

...or bike, hike...whatever gets you moving!

I have been thinking about the joy that running has brought into my life over the past 25 years.  I have been able to spend time with my wonderful brother Matt on long runs (well sort of, usually he is about 3 miles ahead), hike with my sister-n-law Tiffany and other dear friends, bike with an awesome group of haymarket women, run races in totally cool places (with cool people), become a better swimmer, more efficient biker, faster runner...mostly because it has been fun!

Now...it hasn't always been easy.

To become faster, you need to run faster.  To go farther, you need to stay on the road longer.  To keep up with a large group on steep hills, you have to be willing to climb.

Is this the year you plan on having some fun?!  If you take that first step (literally), you will grow in so many ways...and experience some serious joy.

Enjoy some of my running/hiking/biking experiences over the years!

 Riding with the Buttercups!
 More Buttercup fun (our motto: Suck it Up Buttercup!)
Accepting the win at a local 5k
 Boo and I after running Cherry Blossom 10 Miler!
 Ann and I at Boston
 Linda and I at Boston
 Stephanie and I at Nation's Marathon 2011
 Rob, Linda and I at Nation's Marathon 2010
Running my 5k PR 2010
Friends at Shamrock Half Marathon


 Training run at Burke Lake

Burke Lake Training run

 Hiking flattop in Anchorage
 Hiking across gorge in Alaska
 Crazy training run
 First (and only) bike race
Running my first Boston Marathon
 Matt and I after my first marathon
My shining moment when I found out a photographer used this photo for the 2009 Richmond Marathon brochure.

So my advice...start running (or doing something you love), you won't regret it!

5 comments:

Mom N said...

How fun...you are awesome. Keep on running, biking, enjoying life.
I love you lots. MOM

Mom N said...

How fun...you are awesome. I am so proud of you. Keep on biking, running, enjoying life.

Angie said...

I was looking for a PF Chang Marathon pic of us in there... thanks for training me for my marathon!

shawni said...

LOVE it. Love the new header too.

Heidi said...

you're an all star- that's amazing!