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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Take these chances

Hello again. I am finally back. I took a little blog summer vacation (and One Little Word Blog Hop vacation). It wasn't really a planned break, but sometimes you just need to hit pause (like when my 4 year old daughter asks to "pause the game" when she's playing--references from the age of DVRs and pausing TV).

So here I am. I've spent the summer with my one little word (clear) in mind, decluttering and organizing both my home and my head. It doesn't sound exciting, but it has been truly wonderful! I also continued to clear my head and work towards better health by running.

I'm excited to say that I completed the Couch to 5K program (C25K) and just ran my first 5K, the Race for the Arts, this past weekend. It was amazing! Between the energy of the crowd and the support of my family I was able to run my best time (not fast by any means, but no doubt my personal best). It was magical crossing the finish line, seeing my family, hearing my name called, as well as hearing the song "Ants Marching" by my very favorite band, Dave Matthews Band (How did they know?). In fact, the moment I crossed the finish line I heard the song lyrics "Take these chances" playing over the load speakers, which was absolutely perfect!

So for August's One Little Word assignment, I added the phrase to this great race photo my husband took of me crossing the finish line. I took a chance on myself when I started the C25K program, having never been a runner or an athlete (I'm a retired band nerd). And look at me now, I'm stronger, healthier, and more mentally clear. Hooray!
Xnomads' Blog

Be sure to check out the rest of the One Little Word Blog hop, including the next stop, Nikki at Inky Art.

Margie http://xnomads.typepad.com/blog
Monica B http://questtoperfectimperfection.blogspot.com/
Julie Ann http://julieannshahin2.blogspot.com
Jill http://jillconyers.typepad.com/
Cheri http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com
Melissa http://blog.mshanhun.com
Kathryn http://www.katlodesigns.com
Amanda http://scrappnbee.blogspot.com
Sam http://learncreatedo.wordpress.com/
Chrissy http://getcraftywithchrissy.blogspot.com/
Lynn www.crafty-creativity.blogspot.com
Lisa http://backtoallen.com/writers_blog
Jen http://byjen.com <---- you are here
Nikki http://www.inkyart.com.au/ <---- you're next stop
Cassie http://craftycassiescorner.blogspot.com/
Jamie http://jmpgirl.blogspot.com
Cindy http://seriousplay.typepad.com

8 comments:

Cheri said...

kudos on completing your first 5K - what a sense of accomplishment that must be! and love the way you chose the finishing line lyrics for your photo.

Rebekah said...

Wow, good for you Jen!! Proud of you! I'm still trying to get back into routine. Kids back in school today, so hopefully come October, I'll be back to my full online schedule!

learncreatedo said...

Way to go! I never make it past week 2 of C25K. And it sounds like that finish was just meant to be for you. Great photo - one to treasure.

Melissa said...

well done on the 5k - :) awesome!

MonicaB said...

Congrats on finishing your first 5K. I just did my first one yesterday!! Love the photo!

Anonymous said...

wow that is just amazing, you are amazing, you are a n inspiration - go you!

jillconyers said...

Congrats on your first 5K. I've heard great things about C25K. Is there another race in your future?

backtoallen said...

Love, love, love that pic!! Congrats on the C25K....clicked through your link and am going to take a look. I need a boost :)