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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Much more important than miles!

Hello bloggers!  Some of you have already read the blog below.  If you haven't, it's a MUST READ.  Very important reminder for all of us to seize the moment, enjoy the day,  and to cherish our families each and every day.

Start here with part 1, and then read parts 2 and 3.

http://hubcitytri.blogspot.com/2010/08/5-years-feels-like-blink-of-eye.html

I have been reading James's blog for a while now.  He is a local runner in our area.  Through his blog, I have grown to appreciate his dedication to his training, racing, and diet.  Through our blogs, I could tell we shared a passion for all things technical about running, training, and racing.  I have seen James occassionally at races, but never had much of an opportunity to talk with him.  On Sunday, August 22, 2010,  a small group of runner's met to run 12 miles on the Longleaf trail.  Soon after starting our run, we met up with James on the trail.  He turned to run with us.  After a couple of miles, the group separated into different paces for the day, and on this day, I was lucky that James was there to run with me.  He is MUCH faster than I am, but on this day, he was just "logging some miles", working on building his base.  He will be running Rock N Roll Mardi Gras in Feb.,  and BOSTON next April.   Immediately, we were very "chatty" about all things training.  My conclusions from reading his blog were "right on."  Yes, we do share a passion for training, training hard, and technical running - GOOD STUFF.  He paced me through a good run on Sunday, and I enjoyed our chat. 

Then on Monday, I read his blog and was shocked and amazed at his strength.  I already knew from reading his blog that he is STRONG in so many ways.  He is an IronMan!  I was shocked to realize that I had run with him on such an important day in his life.  It was an honor to say the least. 

14 comments:

Emz said...

I am soooooooooo happy you linked this.

I've been "following" it too. So amazing.

HappyTrails said...

Life is Good while it is here, so get out and enjoy it!! Thanks Ginny - hope you are having a good week.

Evolving Through Running said...

Thanks for sharing this. Truly remarkable.

lindsay said...

James' posts have been amazing and moving this week. How cool that you get to run with him on occasion!

TRI-james said...

Hey Ginny – Like I told you. You were exactly what I was looking for out on the trace. I use my training for much more than exercise. I use it to get away and for the camaraderie. I was the lucky one who ‘just happened’ to run into you guys.

Thank you for pulling me along on Sunday.

Average A said...

Thank you for sharing this. How beautiful & touching.

Petraruns said...

Oh God. I didn't anticipate this. What a story and what a powerful reminder to live in this moment. What an inspiring honest man. Thank you for sharing this.

Julie said...

Hi Ginny,
This was a lovely post. I just went over to James's blog and read his emotional post. This has given me alot to think about this morning.

Take care Ginny:)

LMC said...

I am grateful for you because you inspire me and my running. Now, I am also grateful for you and James both for providing perspective. Perspective matters and gratitude for people and life matters too. Thank you! Have a great week!

Iron Mike said...

Ginny, thanks for sharing James' incredible story, I will read his posts several times, and I hope his story inspires others in difficult situations.

Tara said...

Hi Ginny! I have not been following James's story, but what an inspirational story it is! Thank you for posting the link because I will now be following him going forward. He seems like a very "real" person and I like that a lot.

Have a great weekend!

Scott Keeps Running said...

thanks for posting the link.

Donna said...

Oh my goodness....I am speechless...just want to go hug my family.
Thanks for sharing this link.

saucony running shoes said...

Thanks for sharing this. I wanted to go home and hug my family! :)Will keep this post.