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Friday, September 9, 2011


Today is Day # 488

I've spent some portion of every day for the past 488 days running. 
You might begin to think I really enjoy running.  You'd be right.

So let's talk about MY RUN.

My run started as a way to find control in my life.  I grew up feeling invisible.  I was not that much anticipated first born and not the beloved last born.  I was smack in the middle, invisible.
My birth family would tell you that I wasn't invisible and that they love me very much but that reality didn't keep me from feeling as though I needed to take some kind of control in my life when I was younger.
And I found that control in running which grew into a passion at a young age.

As a child, I would leave my parent's home in the morning and spend the entire day running through the trails on the mountains that surrounded our home.  As a child those runs were punctuated with imaginary games full of vivid make-believe lives.  I solved problems that weighed on my mind while running.  Prayers would flow so much more freely while I was running.  Creative thoughts would overflow my mind as my feet carried me through those woods.

My run was my escape, my empowerment, my creativity.  My run became who I saw myself to be.  My run carried me through teen years, a marriage, my first child, a divorce, years alone, another marriage, a second child, the death of my father, difficult years, 9/11, a husband overseas, a third child and every high and low through those years. 

My run is more than just running, as I know many of you will understand, that is why I am so excited to be able to share with you someoneelse's run, Terry Hitchcock.

His story in the new movie MY RUN to be release September 20, 2011.

After tragically losing his wife to breast cancer and struggling to raise three young children on his own, real life super hero and modern day Forrest Gump, Terry Hitchcock seized on an idea. He wanted to accomplish the impossible: run 75 consecutive marathons in 75 consecutive days to bring attention to the incredibly difficult lives of single-parent families. He ran in spite of freezing rain and unbearable heat, in spite of chest pains and bone fractures that wracked his 57-year-old body. He just kept running – each day, every day – strengthening an unbreakable bond between father and son— not stopping until he broke the finish line tape in Atlanta. MY RUN is more than a film about a guy running multiple marathons; it’s a film about the daily marathons we all run in life.

“I firmly believe human beings can accomplish anything they put their minds to. All they need to get started is someone to show them it’s possible.” – Terry Hitchcock, MY RUN

- See what happens when physical endurance and the will of the human spirit unite in MY RUN.

Please check out the website and reserve your copy of this amazing movie today. 
Remember to come back soon for your chance to WIN a copy of MY RUN to share with your family!


  1. So inspiring! Had to share the vid on my blog as well. the human spirit is amazing!

  2. This post is INSPIRING - and not just the part about the movie. Thanks for sharing a little more of YOU.

  3. I loved the insight into why you run! I wish I had a story like that. :)

  4. Thank you for this post. Just thank you...

  5. Incredible. What a journey we all partake in.

  6. Just found your blog and I love this post :) I'm interested in that movie too--sounds like it will definitely be worth watching!

  7. This is a great post Shelly. For me, it is my ride.

  8. Love the insight into why you run. What a journey you've had! Thanks for sharing!!!