Observing Memorial Day

Memorial Day is one of those holidays that have come to have a dual meaning. The purpose of the holiday is to remember those who died in service to our country, but it also signifies the “unofficial start of summer”. When my kids were little, I definitely looked forward to the opening celebrations at our neighborhood pool, but I also appreciated the special prayers we said in church for fallen soldiers and their families.

 

Memorial Day Honor Our Heroes

Running around the National Mall this weekend, we saw a number of tributes set up for Memorial Day. This one was sponsored by Honor Our Heroes, which is an organization that helps veterans returning to civilian life. They had planted 10,000 U.S. flags representing U.S. soldiers lost to wars, many of which had personalized cards like the ones you can see here. Continue reading

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May Runfessions — Running Less And Eating More?

It’s the last Friday of May, which means it’s time to come clean with some runfessions. Since June 1st isn’t until Wednesday, you’ll have to come back next weekend for our Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up–please mark your calendar and join us! 

Runfessions

Since I’ve got five things to runfess, I’m also linking up with Courtney, Cynthia and Mar for the Friday Five Link Up. Check out both of these great link ups for motivation, support, and camaraderie.

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Celebrating Transitions

This week we celebrated a big transition in our family as our son graduated from college. Of course we are proud that he graduated with a B.S. in math and physics, and that he was inducted into the mathematics honor society, but we also are proud of the person that he has become. 

Celebrating Matt Graduation

He made some really good friends over these past four years, and I know that in order to make good friends he had to be a good friend. His eagerness to introduce me to his “tribe” and spend time together was the icing on the cake of a joyful graduation weekend. Continue reading

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Five Reasons I Love Running In Central Park

This year I’ve had an unusual number of business trips to New York City. I used to run along the East River, but have gotten spooked over some crime reports that made it into my Facebook feed. Instead, I’ve been running in Central Park.

I heart NYC
For today’s Friday Five link up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Mar at Mar on the Run and Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?! I’m sharing five reasons I love running in Central Park. Continue reading

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Encourage One Another And Build Each Other Up

I know that even the kindest bloggers have their trolls, but the little corner of the blogosphere that I spend my time in is overwhelmingly supportive. We cheer each other on as we train for and complete a big goal race. We sympathize when an injury derails our plans. We laugh with each other over our runfessions. As cathartic as it can be to curse in traffic or vent about how someone else has wronged you, it’s much more uplifting to share a smile–or a wave.

Encourage One Another
This Bible verse comes from one of Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians. He was advising them how to live their lives until Jesus returned, telling them to “put on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet,” and above all to encourage each other and build each other up. Continue reading

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