Run Find Your Happy Pace

finding my happy pace in running and life

Happy Holidays! Enjoy this Guest Post from Noshing on Asphalt

on December 29, 2012

Hi y’all! I’m Gina and I blog over at Noshing on Asphalt where I ramble about clean eats and this little thing I’m in love with called running.  I’m excited that Darlena’s allowed me to share a guest post with you!

The Bucket List

If you think about it, we all have a bucket list and, thanks to Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, we all know what that list is.  It’s a compilation of things we want to do before we, uh, kick the bucket.  Not sure you have a bucket list? Close your eyes and let your imagination wander; whatever pops into your head is typically something that would be on your list.   Unless, of course, it’s your dream to meet Elvis or something.  In that case, just keep your eyes closed and keep dreaming.

For me, my list is a bit different.  I’m a carpe diem type person so I figure why wait your whole life to achieve your dreams?  Plus, there’s just something a bit macabre about crossing things so you can die ‘happy’.  I want to embrace life , not death, so my list is called “Before I Procreate” (click to view)  and contains everything I want to do before having kids.  Already have kids? How about a ‘Before my procreations procreate” list? – kidding!  Most of the things on my list are silly and frivolous but totally accomplishable with a bit of hard work.

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Last year, I started working on checking off my ‘to-do’s and the two that I’m most proud of actually happened at the same time.  A 2-for-1!  So what were they? 1.) Running my first marathon, and 2.) Running the Marine Corps Marathon!!

Those goals may not seem like much to some people but for me they were huge! As of January (2012) the furthest distance I had run was a 10k.  It was almost inconceivable that I would go from running 6.2 miles to 26.2 miles in just 10 months, but I did it.  This is where the hard work I mentioned earlier comes into play.  You can choose to put anything you want on your list but you have to accept that it may take a lot of hard work to get it done.

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If you commit to your dreams, you can make them a reality.  Is vacationing in Europe on your list? Start saving.  Want to bike across the great U S of A? Well, start with brushing the cobwebs off of your bike.  Develop a plan of attack for your list.  Talk to your friends and family; let them know what you want to do so they can help keep you accountable.  I honestly believe that through prayer, hard work and determination, we can accomplish so many amazing things! So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get out there and turn ‘to-do’ into ‘to-done!’

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