This Crazy Running Journey I’m On

I guess when a past time turns into a habit, turns into an obsession, turns into a passion, it’s a really good thing.  My running journey has afforded me so many great things!  Better health, both physically and mentally, focus, intent, goals, and so much more.

It started so innocently back in 2010 when my main goal was to get out on the pavement to support my oldest son when he joined the cross country team at school.  I gave him advice, I motivated him.  I signed us up for races.  We had fun running both together and separately.  We love the competition, and being out there supporting one another.

I started running more and more and more.  I wanted to tackle more distance.  Once I had run a few Half Marathons, I think it motivated him to at least think about running a Half one day.  I started running marathons.  He started running Halves.  We love racing together.  He is in college now, and doesn’t live at home.  A few weeks ago I got the greatest text ever from him.  It simply said ” Dad, when is our next Half Marathon?”  Awe!  He was basically saying, find us some races, and sign us up.

So that is exactly what I did.  I found us a few to run this Fall, since there aren’t any races with any distance here during the Summer.  It’s just too hot to race 13.1 or 26.2.  So, we will be running the Marine Corps Half Marathon in September, and the Bull City Race Fest Half in October.  I couldn’t be more excited about it, and how his running originally influenced me to run, and how now my marathon running is keeping him interested in distance running.  He’ll run a marathon one day, I’m sure of it.

Running has given me such great satisfaction over the past few years.  I started this blog, really as a diary for myself.  A place to record my memories, my achievements, my day to day running stuff.  It has become so much more than that though.  It has led to some pretty amazing friendships both virtually and in real life.  I really enjoy reading about the running journeys of people from all over the globe, we really are a family.  A running family.

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My “diary” contains a lot of personal achievements, and when coupled with race medals, really tells a story of my journey.  A journey I love to share with you.  What started so small and really just for me, this blog has had far reaching impact on others in the community, and I love that about blogging.  I am nearing 10,000 visitors on my blog, and well over 500 followers, and I want to thank each of you for providing me inspiration to be my best.  To set goals, and to achieve them.  So many of your stories have been huge inspiration on my running journey, and I hope my musings do the same for you!

Run on……

Blue Ridge Marathon Contest!!

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Ok folks, this is it!

Previously stated, and a couple of different dates were given, but I have been given the go ahead to hold my contest this week!

So, starting today with this post, my official race entry contest begins, and will run through this Sunday evening at midnight.  I will use a random number generator and choose a winner next Monday, and make an announcement with another blog entry on October 21, 2013.

You will receive one entry for a comment left on this blog post, and a second entry if you get others to follow my blog.  Please make sure to let me know on Twitter @RunningWild1313 if you introduce others to my blog, and have those people reference your name in his/her replies in the comment section on this blog post.  Your comment on my post should include the reason/reasons why you want to win a free entry into this race.

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The Blue Ridge Marathon is an epic event!  It is challenging, and it WILL challenge you to your core.  The event is April 26th, 2014 in Roanoke, Virginia.  It is a beautiful area, with amazing people.  The winner will receive one free race entry, on this date.  If you would like more information, please visit the official race website at http://www.blueridgemarathon.com, and follow them on Twitter at @BRM26pt2.  The website has a lot of great information regarding race specifics, course map, and elevation chart.

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That is me, after completing the event this year.  Happy as a clam, and thrilled with beating this tough course.  The journey was amazing, the views astounding, the race organization top notch.  We would love to have you join us for this event in 2014.  As an official Blue Ridge Marathon Blogger, I will be back again in April of 2014, and ready to better my finish time from this year.

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The very best of luck to all of you!