strong women


Have you ever read a post and felt so inspired that you had to get out of your chair and do something?

I had that feeling over the weekend. After I read this post, Trying at a tri, from my blogging friend Annie from Unsporty Women Can Run, I went and got changed and went out for a run.

Despite the fact that it was still over 30 degrees at 6pm, I ran (and walked a bit) through the forest all the while thinking of what Annie had written.  Her story and her attitude are amazing and I always get a boost when she writes about her running.  As a runner, I am not in her league at all, but I can relate to so much of what she says. She’s one strong woman!

This quote from her post sums it up for me, even though there’s no way I will ever run a triathlon or a half marathon. I feel the same way about running and am so grateful that my slowly ageing body can do this.

I’m so glad I kept a happy attitude out there on the run.  What’s not to be happy about?  I am healthy and fit.  I can run a half marathon in the heat just like that, perhaps not fast, but I get it done.  Running is a gift, a precious gift.  

I choose to run because I love it and I will shamelessly take every opportunity given to me.  Because it makes me feel alive.  Because as I went through each lap and received those colourful bands I chose to feel like a winner.  I have beaten that Unsporty Woman who thought running was too hard.  I win each time I put on my shoes and go for a run. 

Always, each and every day, I am grateful for a body that can run.

So out I went and I ran, not fast and definitely not pretty, but smiling to myself all the way.  Although I might run alone, I’m not really alone.  There are others out there, like me, and  I take what support and encouragement I can from them.  Other strong women. People like Annie with such a fun spirit inspire me to continue trying and persevering.  So thank you Annie at Unsporty Women Can Run for reminding me of what I sometimes take for granted.

Of course I also paused to take some photos of my forest run.

After I got home, all red faced and sweaty, my husband asked me if I’d like to go for a quick bike ride before dinner.  It was so hot still but the movement while riding was just delightful. All I needed now was a swim leg and I would have done a mini triathlon as per Annie’s post!

As it’s International Women’s Day today I also want to thank all the strong women I’ve had as role models throughout my life.

I love this quote and added it to one of my favourite photos with my three strong daughters. It seems very appropriate today.

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I’m a strong woman too!

Deb 🙂

PS: Another blogger who supports women runners over 50 is Run Young 50

  One thought on “strong women

  1. March 8, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    What an empowering post Deb, just loved it. Keep running and enjoying 🙂

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    • March 8, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks Miriam, I was inspired by a fellow blogger! It’s amazing what talent is out there. Stay strong 💪🏼

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      • March 8, 2016 at 9:59 pm

        And you too Debbie. It’s such an awesome community, full of writers who inspire. Have a wonderful week.

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  2. March 9, 2016 at 3:09 am

    Beautiful and inspiring post, Deb. Happy Women’s day!
    I love your enthusiasm and discipline. Worth following.
    The photos ate gorgeous too.
    Xx

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    • March 9, 2016 at 7:22 am

      Thank you for your kind words Lucile. You are a strong woman too and always so supportive. Hope your day has been good!

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  3. March 9, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Awww Debbie, you make me cry. Really happy to inspire someone out the door. That was a hot run though, hotter than what I had on Saturday.

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    • March 9, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      I’m glad you were happy with me using your post as an inspiration, I hoped you wouldn’t mind!! It was a hot day. I wanted you to know how much you inspire me and I’m sure others as well.

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  4. March 9, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    How fabulous Deb, and so inspiring. Fabulous shots as well X.

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  5. March 9, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Totally agree, that Annie is inspiring as well as being lovely and amazing. Her positive attitude is one that is slowly rubbing off on me. I am pleasantly surprised that my body puts up with the adventures that my brain puts it forward for, long may this continue. Heres to strong women, may we all continue to rock for many years!

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    • March 9, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      I appreciate your comment and love finding other strong positive women!! Maybe we’re all just crazy 😊 thanks for the follow too.

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  6. March 21, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Deb,
    Got your link from the comments course – what forest is this?
    I’m from the Sunshine Coast but lived in various parts of oz.
    kate

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    • March 21, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Hi Kate, it’s part of State Forests in Tumbarumba in southern NSW. Thanks for visiting my blog, the bootcamp sounds like it will be a good opportunity to meet other bloggers and improve our commenting skills.

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