TOTR: I Feel Lucky!

Do I feel LUCKY to be a RUNNER?

Hell, yeah!

And of course, there are the obvious health benefits.  I feel stronger, fitter, younger, more confident, etc.

I’m not Irish but I always pretend to be for those St Patrick’s Day races

But today, I am going to focus on how else I feel lucky to be runner.

  • I’ve Seen New Places

The non-runner me, when I traveled for work, hung out in my hotel room and watched TV in the evenings.

As a runner, I search out places to run.  No matter how tired I am after work, I RUN!

Liverpool, NY (Onondaga Lake)

  • I’ve Participated in Healthy Activities While on Vacation

The non-runner me, when I went on vacation, visited museums, sat on the beach and basically relaxed.

As a runner, I RUN and I search out a RACE and sign up.

5k during my tennis vacation in Naples, FL

  • I’ve Won Awards.

The non-runner me would never win an award for an athletic event.  Even when I played tennis, I was far from the top player and rarely won my matches.

As I runner, I have won so many AGE GROUP AWARDS!!! And yes, due to my advanced age, it is mostly luck.

  •  I’ve Gotten to Try New Products.

Thanks to several companies and ambassadorships, as a runner, I’ve had the opportunity to test new products. Sometimes for free and other times with a discount. Almost of all them, I’ve continued to use.

  • I’ve Inspired/Helped Others.

Even as a non-runner, I’ve always felt it was important to give back.  I’ve adopted families at holiday times and mentored a young mother.

But as a runner, there have been so many more opportunities.  I’ve tried to take advantage of many of them.

starting the Strong Running Mamas (their first 5k in 2010)

  • I’ve Met Some Awesome Inspiring People.

It is amazing how great runners are.  They are encouraging, selfless, strong, forgiving, supportive… I could go on and on. And I couldn’t possibility put photos of all those that I’ve become friends with – both virtually and in person.

now known as the Wineglass ladies

having a #holottafun in Panama Beach and then in Las Vegas

So it seems fitting to end with an edited version of the Irish Blessing:

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind always be at your back,
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home face,
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these wonderful ladies:

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life for

I’m also linking this post with Susie and Rachel and Debbie and Lora for the Running Coaches’ Corner.

Happy Running! How does running make YOU feel lucky? Please share.


15 thoughts on “TOTR: I Feel Lucky!

  1. I love this! It’s only natural that the competitive nature of runners makes us complain at times about slowing down, crappy weather or nagging aches and pains. However, I think it’s safe to say that we all should consider ourselves extremely lucky to have this gift of running and all that encompasses it!

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  2. I agree…I feel incredibly lucky to have found running! It has made me more fit, confidant, active, and has brought a lot of wonderful people into my life 😉 (PS-I’m not Irish either, but I always pose as one on March 17th ).

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