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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sunshine and Lollipops!! Do NOT read this on your smart phone… SO MANY pictures!!!!

And now back to our regular programming.

Simply: Joy.

The Joy I get from running filters through to the rest of my life and I pretty much need it now. I love training, even the tough runs. The tough runs tend to define me. They are the ones that prove to myself that I can push through and and I get a TON of personal satisfaction in completing something I set out to do even though it may be very hard. Also, I enter lots of races because it gives me the accountability to my training that might get lost if I was just running. Oh yeah, I LOVE racing, so there is that too. I show up early, I stay late and I Freaking LOVE the camaraderie amongst runners! There is nothing better than the incredible energy at the start line!

I have never met better people in the world then the people I have met through running. I mean that.

I have made friends with front runners, casual runners, new runners, long time runners and my favorite people I have met in running are the volunteers and race organizers!

Everyone has their own reasons for being there and each reason is sincere and right! I want to be a HUGE part of running in general. My goals and aspirations go beyond my own personal records, beyond my own expectations, because I want to be a piece of the big running puzzle! I am not fast, or that good looking, but a LOT of people know who I am, or have heard of me here in the Calgary area, because I engage in my running.

Everytime I go for a run, I look for all the good things about what I am doing. At that moment. I tend to stay right in the moment when I run. I don’t look forward (it ruins the zen of the run) but just sit right there. Time always passes, so as long as I keep moving forward I will complete my task. Everytime. This includes time on the treadmill. There are no shortage of simple mind pleasures to see at the gym!

I have a pretty simple  mind when I run as demonstrated here. I tend to run more on my own these days, so enjoying my own humor and thoughts is paramount to a good experience out there.

All that said, for me, running is about fitness, fun and people. Here are some of my favorite running people! Every one of these people have a HUGE part in why I run! Thank you to each and everyone of you. Lest I forget, You! Bloggers, Commenters and Stalkers! You make it SO much fun to write about all this. I have learned SO much from everyone of you. I could actually spend ALL day reading your stories and race reports, they are all so awesome. THANK YOU! 

These are just a few examples of what I really care about, when it comes to running for me…

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  1. Awesome! Love all the pictures ESPECIALLY the ones of the little guy and your beautiful wife. Keep up the good work!

  2. I read it on my iPhone...just to be a rebel. :)

    I love your pictures! I love racing, too. I'm not fast, or a very good runner, but I love the challenge of finding out that I can do things I never imagined I could do. And I, too, love the running community. Overall, one of the most welcoming groups I've ever come across.

  3. Nice article and great pics - honoured to be included! Great pics of the little guy.

  4. Aw, love the running collage! The little #1 runner is adorable.

  5. Nice post Neil! I love the spirit of this. I"m assuming this was your way of bouncing back from the seemingly less than positive dialogue that had happened in one of your last posts. If so, I applaud your spirit and tenacity very much! This is the sort of stuff running is all bout!

  6. Love this! I so feel the same 'runner' friends are some of the most positive influences I have in my life...

  7. What a wonderfully happy post. So many friends but stil my favorite is Andrew.
    Keep on running Neil.

  8. Wow, you weren't kidding when you said not to use the smartphone! Cool pics and post.

    Run Happy!

  9. Wonderful post and pics! Little Andrew steals the show though :)

    I always use Live Writer when I've got lots of pics to include in a post.

  10. Live writer rocks - that would have sucked big time with the blogger interface.

  11. Aw! I love this! The lollipops you promised I presume? I can't wait for Summer and Fall again now. I loved that Harvest Half. And I just have to say ... I'm sure glad I didn't run with you when I was 220 pounds! Wouldn't have wanted to see those pictures anywhere. LOL!

  12. Nice post Z! THose photos are awesome!!! I'd like to get you down here to show you some southern racing hospitality!

  13. What great picture. I love looking back at my running picture. It remind me just how far I have grown. You're right the people you meet at races are great.

  14. I love your photo collage. It's so true - runners are the nicest people!

  15. This has nothing to do with this post, but there was a shout out to vibram shoes on parks and rec on NBC, check it out.

  16. glad i didnt try to read this on my phone, i would have been so freakin frustrated...and missed some great pics!! YOU are awesome neil!

  17. Good one. You have been busy

  18. You can't help but smile as you look at the pictures, I love this! Also quite interested with LiveWriter, will have to look into this further.

  19. Simply awesome post Neil. I love the energy exuded by everyone. Andrew is so cute.