This morning (and I’ve been
patiently waiting bursting with excitement waiting all day to tell you), I got a very kind email from Jake at Broken Hearted Runner who included my blog on his list of Best Running Blogs 2011!!!!!! Please make sure you drop in and check out the entire list of awesomely-inspiring-makes-you-want-to-get-out-there-and-run-right-now list here. Jake says in his post, “I hope you can use this list to find some great running blogs and connect with our running community,” and believe me, you don’t want to miss this list!
Truth be told, I was not very familiar with Jake’s blog until today (don’t worry, I subscribed to the feed and put a permanent link in my browser just now!), but the title of it really caught my attention. I thought, “Oh wow, a guy who runs with a broken heart, we’ve all been there, right?” In fact, running is the only things that cheers me up sometimes! It wasn’t until I read a little more about Jake, that I found out, he literally runs with a broken heart. Not to put it all here – because you should read about it yourself – but by the age of 23 years, Jake overcame not one, but two heart surgeries and went on to run a marathon. I’m not kidding – talk about an inspiration. You can do anything you set your mind to. As Abraham Lincoln said, “You can have anything you want, if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish, if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.” Jake, my hats off to you, I can’t wait to follow you on your running journey because I know only great things are bound to happen from here on out!
I think I was most recently talking about it with some ladies in my pace group and I mentioned it to Jake today – sometimes I think we forget that we, as runners, are the minority. Not everyone else runs. I know I forget about it, especially running with 500 of my friends every Saturday morning! But, honestly, not everyone else runs because it is not easy and it pushes us to the limit and it makes us work hard to accomplish our dreams. But we do it everyday. After all, I run almost everyday and when I’m not actually running, chances are I’m talking about running, reading about running, writing about running, or thinking about running. Aren’t you? Jake’s list is awesome because it pulls us even closer as a running community and while I know (and love) many of the bloggers listed there, I am thrilled to be able to get to know (and love!) even more runners in this very small world which is uniquely ours. Thanks again, Jake!
I’m heading out bright and early tomorrow morning – when it is supposed to be something like 10 degrees outside (okay that might be an exaggeration, but I’m not so sure because I looked at the thermometer and it is 4 DEGREES out there right now!!!!) – to run 2 miles with my pace group. Then, I’ll be heading out for 6 more as I continue training for Pittsburgh and 26.2 in 2011!
Happy running (and reading!),