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airehead
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PostPosted: 08/19/03 - 19:22    Post subject: It's been one year...
since I began running. I had never run prior to last August. It has been the best year of my life in ways I've told some of you and the worst in ways I haven't told anyone. Running brought to me such unusual sensations: I knew I had drive, but running confirmed it. I knew I had the will to succeed, but running proved it. I never knew commitment until I began running. I knew frustration but running exacerbated it. I knew joy but running maximized it. I knew pride but running actually gave me a reason to be proud.

I have never felt more alive or more purposeful than I have this year. Running has been a very spiritual experience for me. It has brought me closer to myself and allowed me to realize I'm not such a bad person. When I can run, all is right with my world. When I can't, nothing is. Every step I run I am thankful for. I know every step is a blessing--because up until last year, I never knew I could. I didn't even know how. And I know others who wish they could, but can't. I am blessed to be able to lace up and run. I hope I never waste or throw that chance away again. (I'm going to die healthy if it kills me!)

I don't run a lot. Or very fast. I probably never will see a real winner's circle. Most important, though, I am proud of my accomplishments--as small as they are to most of the running world, they are huge in my world. I can honestly say, I am a runner. It defines me--it colors my decisions. Every run that I run ends in a winner's circle in my mind.

Thank you for the part that you guys have played in my first year as a runner. I couldn't have done it without your support and the Riff Raff Hangout.

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PostPosted: 08/19/03 - 20:49    Post subject:
Not taking anything away from those who have actually seen the inside of the winners circle...but it sounds like you've found something more valuable. Very Happy

Happy Anniversary!!
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PostPosted: 08/19/03 - 21:12    Post subject:
Happy anniversary! This coming September will exactly mark my 4th year since I started running.
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PostPosted: 08/20/03 - 06:47    Post subject:
dance very cool aire dance

happy running anniversary. hope ya have lots more.
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PostPosted: 08/20/03 - 13:17    Post subject:
You rock, girlie!!! I'm proud of you....you've really come a long way in a year, and that was one of the most inspiring posts I have read in a very long time.

Keep on truckin', baby!! Dancing Banana
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PostPosted: 08/20/03 - 14:27    Post subject:
Great post! Happy Anniversary!
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PostPosted: 08/20/03 - 15:24    Post subject:
Rock on!!! Here's to many many more years of running! Very Happy cheers
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PostPosted: 08/20/03 - 18:12    Post subject:
Thanks for the sweet words, guys! You guys were a huge part of my last year! Thanks for that, too!
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PostPosted: 08/20/03 - 23:21    Post subject:
to aire!

What a great post!

Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: 08/21/03 - 08:42    Post subject:
Congrats and many more years to you..........Out there doing it, that is the most important thing!!!
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PostPosted: 08/21/03 - 08:56    Post subject:
genie wrote:
...that was one of the most inspiring posts I have read in a very long time.

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PostPosted: 08/22/03 - 13:07    Post subject:
Very cool, Angie!

I've noticed more of a 'bounce' to you just in your postings!!!

You rock!

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PostPosted: 08/23/03 - 11:10    Post subject:
Congrats, Ang! That was an awesome post!!!!!!!!!!!! cheers

Smile,

Shelly
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