I hope everybody had a Happy Fourth of July. We packed up and took everyone to Lava Hot Springs for the day and had tons of fun. Fire conditions are terrible in Wyoming right now so there is a ban on fireworks. Since we could not light off our own fireworks, we planned to be somewhere with a good show, and Lava had a big fireworks display that was set off right next to where we spent the day.
Family, water, tons of food, and fireworks - it doesn't get much more fun than that. :)
Here is a pic of Noah and I in the pool (Noah LOVED it).
I got up early yesterday and did an easy paced 12 miler, and this morning I ran eight miles with a friend. The ITB/knee is not 100% yet but is still improving. Coach Rick is having me be conservative though and keep the paces on the easy side until it is completely resolved. I have 16 miles planned for tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it!
Here is a thought I have been having - DO WHAT YOU LOVE. Life is too short not to. Be with people you love (and that love you in return). Find ways to make a difference in the lives of others. Take time to count and be grateful for your blessings, even when (especially when) life is busy or stressful. And find something that you love to do for yourself, and do it.
As we were watching the Olympic Trials, it was so inspiring to watch the athletes - the runners, jumpers, throwers, divers, swimmers, gymnasts, etc. - do what they love. The passion, commitment, desire, drive, and love that the Olympic hopeful athletes have for their sports shone brightly in their moments of success and of disappointment. It was exciting, inspiring, and contagious.
Running brings a part of me alive that sat dormant for a long, long time. I love how I feel before a run, during a run and after a run. Even when a run is hard (and running is often hard!), even when a run or race isn't going how I want, even when I am dragging my butt out of bed at 4am, even when life is stressful, even when I doubt myself, even when it is crazy hot or freezing cold or pouring rain, I still love it. I am putting the work in, I am chasing my dreams, I am doing something that I love. Running is "my thing". It's part of who I am. It's something I know I was born to do. More specifically, I love the marathon. I love the challenge, the unpredictability, the lore, the training - all of it!
I want all of my kids to find their "thing". With 12 kids, we have a big mix of talents and interests. We have kids who are athletic, kids who are musical, kids who are artistic, etc. Whether they grow up to be soccer players or singers, I just want each of my kids to pursue their talents, and find what makes them come alive in that special way. I want them to find something that they love... something that challenges them, drives them, excites them, and lights a fire in them. I want them to find something that makes them feel the way that running makes me feel - something that makes them the best version of themselves.
Find what you love to do, and do it. Challenge yourself. Stretch yourself. Better yourself. Bless yourself. It does not matter what you do or do not achieve - the true success and happiness come with the doing.
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." - Harriet Tubman
"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you." - Oprah Winfrey
"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." - Nelson Mandela