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Friday, February 19, 2010

An Experience


After logging another 13 miles on the treadmill last night, I was so happy to get outside this morning for 3.5 miles even if I had to do lots of feet watching to avoid the ice.  That huge dark cloud moved in quickly and stole the sunshine away.  But that did not take away for a great running experience. 

I recently had a conversation with Denise about a guest post I did.  That conversation ended up being more about experiences.  That is what life and running is for me.  Experinces.  I choose not to view them as good or bad.  Simply things to learn from or not. 

So last nights 13 miles on the treadmill using my computer to watch an instant Netflix because ALL 3 of my "spare" tvs died and my morning run finally outside with ice and snow were not bad or good experiences.  They just reminded me of a few things:

  • I need to be flexible

  • I need to be prepared

  • I need to appreciate all I have when I have it

  • I am lucky to live in a place where I can count on my neighbors to watch out for me

  • I have many ways to be able to run, I should be thankful
Not everyone would agree with running 13 miles on a school night, it takes time from my kiddos.  Not everyone would agree with running on roads that are ice and snow covered due to the risk.  But the things I choose to do I hope will encourge someone else to try something in a different way.  To have a new experience.
And with the I will leave you with the end of my on-going conversation...

"...But here in bloggy land I hope to encourage and inspire people who are seeking many different things; one of which is an obsession with running. I hope to learn from these same people. So I keep my mind open to things that I might not have thought of before. I don't always agree with what others do. However, I believe we are so blessed by having the ability to choose whatever we want at any given time that I try to honestly think about things people do that are unlike "my way." I would like to think with that outlook I will not miss out on something that may have been a great experience for me.

And isn't that really what this all is, an experience. Neither good nor bad, simply a time of undetermined length in which to experience as much as we can and impact as many as we can."

I am going to experience everything I can today.
How about you?

19 comments:

  1. Well said!

    If there is one thing I have learned from the blogging community, it is to keep an open mind to new experiences.

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  2. What a great post! It looks like you had a fun experience running on the ice. And that cloud looks scary! I hope you got home before any snow/rain came.

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  3. I love Netflix Watch Instantly. However, even that couldn't get me to do 13 miles on the treadmill. I don't know how you do it.

    Keep up the experiencing!!

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  4. great post!

    how exactly did all three spare TVs crash and burn?

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  5. I love to watch online stuff on the computer while on the treadmill!! I am watching Lost on hulu.com right now :)

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  6. Looks beautiful out!!! I am with ya on running on the treadmill when I have too!!!keep going u dooing Super!!!

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  7. Great post! I hear you - we all do what we need to and you never know when someone else's idea might provide an aha moment.

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  8. Very well said. We are lucky people to have the gift of running in our lifes - even if the run is terrible, at least we can appreciate the time and experience.
    Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

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  9. You rock and those pics are so cool.

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  10. Man, look at all that snow! So hard for me to imagine.

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  11. Nicely said. I wouldn't give judgemental people a second thought. Only you know what is best for you and yours. I'm all for new experiences. When we stop pushing the envelope is when we stop growing. Have a great weekend and do some running for me will ya?

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  12. Way to go girl!! Your an amazing runner and an amazing mother! You are so inspiring too! I love reading your blog! :)

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  13. Good for you! You inspire me all the time, just look at all that snow and you still get out there and get it done, you rock!

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  14. Great post! I have learned so much through everyone else's experiences here in the running blog world. Keeping an open mind allows us to sometimes change our own perspective...thanks :)

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  15. I love your pictures. I still can't believe you can do that much on the treadmill...that is Amazing! Thanks for sharing your experiences! I love reading the hearts of other runners.

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  16. Love it! Such an inspiration. I never try to let things that I "shouldn't" be doing stop me and it's neat to see that someone else shares the same viewpoint.

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  17. Amen sister...do what you can when you can and to keep yourself happy and healthy. the rest will fall into place.

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