Love your life. Take pictures of everything. Tell people you love them. Talk to random strangers. Do things your scared to do. Too many people die not remembering all the little moments. Take your life and make it the best story ever.
"Live for the moments you can't put into words."⠀
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Friday + photos + falls
These are a few of my favorite things.
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I know that Camp Muir has nothing directly to do with my running, but it has everything to do with being a pivotal moment in my believing that I am capable of accomplishing far more than I think possible. That mantra, applies to every athletic activity I have done, am still doing, and will one day do - running included.
I've been thinking back 2 yrs ago to when I first started running. Then .5 mi set my lungs on fire. During that time, I was acquainted with other people who ran 2 miles a day (at least) and the prospect of my reaching that distance left me feeling blown away. It just felt impossible next to the meager .5 mile that I was barely wheezing through.
I came across this question: "Describe yourself as a runner using one phrase." My immediate response was "I believed I could, so I did", but that isn't the most accurate answer. I didn't use that phrase to encourage me beyond the next marker, or push myself a little further through the burning in my lungs. I simply told myself "Don't quit". I would set my sight on the next street pole, an upcoming bend in the path, a bench, etc, and press on. Before long, I ran my first mile.
I kept going. I set micro goals and reached for those. I told myself "you've got this" and pushed for 1.5 mi. I continued to aim for points on the horizon, and eventually my breathing caught up with the effort. By that summer, I ran 2 miles.
What I learned along the way was that I am able to achieve more than I think. Nowadays, 2 miles is a warm up run. Nowadays, I believe I can, so I do, but how I would really describe myself as a runner (as a Camp Muir achiever), both then and now, is this: Able to accomplish far more than I think possible.
I know that so many of you have been waiting to hear this news and I am so happy it's good news to share, Gatsby got the all clear!!!
For those who are just catching up, two weeks ago I took Gatsby to the vet because a lump on his side had changed from soft to hard. The histology taken confirmed it was a tumour.
Last Friday Gatsby had an operation to have the lump, and a smaller lump I'd found close by, removed.
He's been recovering all week and I've been playing over worst case scenario in my head of chemotherapy and radiotherapy for dogs.
Although the lump was a tumour it's intermediate to low risk and they took a wide margin which had no abnormalities. He's been given the all clear, no follow up treatment required.
Your own health is so important but so is the health of the ones you love. I love that little black and white dog more than I can explain.
I cannot believe how many of you do too. After posting last week about the op I got messages from around the world of people telling me about their incredible pets and how some had survived against the odds and how some had been lost; I cried at almost every one, praying that my pup would be okay. If you have health concerns about anyone in your family, whether they have 4 legs or 2, seek professional advice. We have caught Gatsby's tumour in time and I cannot believe how lucky we are to be able to enjoy years more of adventures together 🐶💛 #GatsbyTheAdventurePup#GetBusyLiving
I’m lucky to have found a man who instead of flowers and chocolates, takes me on adventures. Last year @creightonbaird planned a trip to southern Utah for our weekend getaway. We went to Zion last February for Valentine’s Day weekend. It was rainy, cold and cloudy. This meant we couldn’t do any of the canyons we wanted to do, we couldn’t hike the Narrows and half the hikes we wanted to because it was closed due to flash floods. Despite the change of plans (neither of us really make plans or stick to them if we do surprisingly have them) set off to explore places neither of us had been to. We found some other pretty amazing hikes. This one in particular was incredible. Almost to the top of the hike, we had climbed through the clouds and fog, and were eventually sitting above them. It was pretty damn cool sitting amongst the clouds peering off at the mountains poking through...I actually was stoked it wasn’t a clear day because honestly, this view was way better