Sunday, September 27, 2009


"Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, "I've never seen anyone run like that before". It is more than just a race, it's a style, it's doing something better than anyone else. It's being creative!"

I came across this running quote a while back and had to laugh. I know that when I started running over a year ago that I definitely made people stop and say "I've never seen anyone run like that"!! I actually would stop running if someone drove by because I was to embarassed to run in front of them. It was not a pretty sight, I felt awkward and ugly but as I continued to try and my distances got longer I began to not care what others might say or think. This journey that I have embarked on has helped me learn a few things ...

1 - That running is a beautiful thing!
2 - That I can be my own kind of "beautiful" when I run!!!!
3 - That this body that I have neglected and abused is forgiving and amazing!
4 - That running with a friend is so much FUN!
5 - That running won't kill me, because I'll pass out first!
6 - Encouragment is essential to a runners success!!

I went yesterday to Pinetop and participated in my second 10k. There were 9 of us that went - Lori, Marinda, Bruce, Shawna, Carly, Alyssa, Tiff, Tara and myself. Tiff and Tara ran the 2 mile and I have to tell my morning exercise partner just how proud I am of her. She had a personal best and hope she knows how much I love her. I am looking forward to many more races with her:) GO TIFF!!

I appreciate good friends that continue to encourage and uplift me. Carly and Alyssa stayed by myside the whole race, they were so much fun and I know that I would have never been able to "CONQUOR" that stupid hill without them. Thank you - Thank you - Thank you!!!

To my "runner" friends - yes you know who you are - LORI, MARINDA, BRUCE AND SHAWNA - It was a delight to be in your good company:) You make it look so EASY and you are BEAUTIFUL to watch. You have that "runners" look about you and as we arrived at the run to register and get warmed up it was fun to watch the other runners "scope out" their competition!!!! FUN - FUN - FUN!! It was as if I could read their minds....
Oh CRAP - were did she come from??
Dang - he looks fast!!
Why did I sign up for this stupid thing??
I think I'll just drive back to Chandler!! haha

I had a beautiful Saturday run (minus the hill) and I THANK YOU all for that!!!!

I had to add this next pic because after the race when we were all waiting around for them to announce the winners in each age group, we looked over and saw this mans CRACK...he was the oldest runner there, and definitely had his own style:)!! CRACKED us up!!!!


Aunt Tiff said...

WAY TO GO SISTA!!! You are simply AMAZING! And YES you are a BEAUTIFUL runner!! Thanks for keeping me going, when I would much rather sit on my couch and eat peanut butter bars!!!

JENNE said...

Hey, when are we running the marathon together?? Think about it and do not Laugh! We can do it and it would be sweet revenge on our "C" for the mile in HS. Or was it a "D". I am SERIOUS!
Love Ya!

Shawna said...

It was a blast - minus the hill. You are amazing! Thanks for the fun time - more to come! That old man with the crack passed me! What was up with that???

Sara Gibbons Cook said...

I admire you ALL!! That is amazing!!! I wish I had the guts to do a 10k! Good for you!!
Love you lots!!

ps-that's the craziest crack ever! It looks like it runs all the way up his back....too many wedgies as a kid? LOL! Thanks for the laugh today!!

Deni said...

Congratulations Jami!!! I have not ever entered a 10K. Thank you for being an inspiration to me. WE all need friends around us to lift and inspire.

Jamilyn said...

Congrats Jami!!!! That is so amazing, I remember doing the 4th of July run with you 2 years ago and you have come such a long way since then and worked so hard! I hope you are really proud of yourself!!!!!