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[/caption]I was a runner before I met Stacey and as we began to talk about running we actually started about the same time. I entered into running because as I watched my parents get older and their health fail I made the commitment that would not happen to me. I wanted to lose weight and stay in shape through running. I was only about two months in when I started running and completed my first half marathon. I had no idea what I was doing just had a goal and wanted to complete it. It was the most wonderful experience I ever had pushing through at the end all by myself and knowing that God was sustaining me. After the race I slowly stopped running and wanted to get back into it again.
Then I met Stacey who mentioned running the same marathon I did that past winter and that got me excited as I now had a new goal to try and beat my last marathon time, and a way to get to know Stacey more through running. When I realized Stacey was also a runner that encouraged me even the more to want to run because I was about to lose the passion for running and had nobody to share this desire with so just having her by my side is support enough in sharing this common interest. I have come to the realization that all things are possible through God who strengthens me and having Stacey gives me that extra confidence I sometimes need in running.
She supports me by making sure I am signed up for races and giving me the low down on what is going on in the running community and groups, as well the latest gear and types of food to eat. She has even inspired me to want to run a full marathon since she completed her first one this past December. As we run together I think about how long we will live together and how running replenishes our bodies and keeps them in great shape. And that our future kids will be running with us and teaching them how to be healthy. Even though I run at a faster pace than Stacey sometimes I enjoy running behind her seeing her little feet point out Haha. So just running and looking over at her and thinking about how much she means to me gives me great joy in running. I struck it rich when I found Stacey. I love running with her and look forward to running with her. And she is everything to me especially when it comes to running.
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