"Runner"

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{This post is about me. Scroll to the bottom if you are looking for more Spencer.}

Next week, we turn the calendar page, and I'm officially looking at the beginning of race season. Gulp. A couple of weeks ago, I took a pretty big step (for me) and declared myself a "runner" on my tracking program. Until that point, I had stayed pretty non-committal and kept that spot blank. I hadn't even declared "walker" ... it was just blank. But a couple weeks ago... I realized that I keep putting one foot in front of another. Again and again. Mile after mile. Even when I didn't feel well. Even when the last thing I wanted to be doing was running. Miles passed by, and along the way, I became a runner.

I've officially started training for my half marathon this summer. I'm nervous, but I know I can do it. (barring injury, of course) Just the other day, I had an easy 3.5 mile run. I know... I never (ever!) thought I would say that about 3.5 miles. But there you have it. In the two months I've been intentionally lacing up those sneakers and hitting the road, I've evolved so much. I'm a lighter runner. My pace has improved. I'm stronger. (Oh, so much stronger!) I know when I'm pushing to hard, and when I'm running too "heavy." Some days I look down and see that two miles flashed by. Other days I look down and wonder why my GPS isn't tracking properly... unfortunately, it always is. As with everything, there are good days and there are bad days. And there are even days when I hate every.single.moment. and I wonder "why am I doing this?!" But no matter how that particular run goes, I now find myself looking forward to the next run.

I'm not saying I'm a great runner. Heck, I won't even say I'm a good runner. But I am a runner. I'm not sure when exactly it happened... but it did. Or at the very least, I am doing one heck of a job "faking it until I make it."

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Now, as promised... some Spencer. I mean, this blog is really about him... right?!

These photos are from last Friday. It was beautiful out, and we made the most of it by getting in as much fresh air as we could! And we took a break for a couple of quick photos. Of course!