Good for my soul

The other night I got together with a huge group of my running friends to celebrate one of the several 50th birthdays among the group this year. Lisa was our guest of honor, which was so nice because she is pretty much the Julie McCoy of the group–always the one making sure we mark everyone else’s

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This is the way to do 50!

special day or occasion. And let me tell you, Lisa is rocking 50!

This was one of the first times in a long time that I have ventured out among the whole huge group of ladies in a while. I’ve been too sad to face the group as a whole. I’ve gotten together quite a bit with several of my closest pals in the group, which is always a treat, but to immerse myself in a full night of running chatter, well, I wasn’t sure I could do it.

But you know what? It was fabulous! I love these ladies–smart, accomplished, caring, funny–I could go on. Spending an evening among that energy, talking running, talking nutrition, talking about anything, was the best. I had a smile on my face all evening and drove home beaming. Why have I been hiding?

I can say I won’t be anymore. This was just the medicine my soul needed right now. The only thing that can top spending quality time with these ladies socializing is spending time running with them. And that day is coming.

If you entered the Recharge giveaway, the winner is number 14, which is Chris from C2Iowa. Chris, shoot me an email at and we’ll get it off to you.

Have a great weekend of training and/or racing.

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  1. Robyn Humphrey says:

    You inspire me so much! Great to see you! xo

  2. It was a fabulous night! And, having you there made it even more fabulous!

  3. You know, I tend to hide when I get down…then I randomly go out with a group of people who just lift me up. Sure, I might feel down again, but that little lift they give me sustains me for a while, like you said…feeds your soul.

    Thinking of you. XOXO

  4. This is so wonderful to hear Amanda! I’m convinced that time with girlfriends is another one of those necessary soul foods that we need to be most fully and wonderfully alive as a whole person, athlete, mom, etc. I need to make time for this. You’ll be running with them again soon too! Hope you have a great weekend.

  5. A night like that is a wonderful way to forget all the troubles. Very soon you will be their running leader!
    Have a good week end.
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  6. I loved reading this. I tend to hole up when things aren’t going well – but that is exactly what I DON’T need to be doing. Seems like this get together was like coming home for you.
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  7. Sometimes I find that spending time with my girls is just what makes things better. When I’m injured I’m always afraid that my mind is going to end up in a bad way but instead things tend to get better. Support group!

  8. Yay for you! I know when I was injured I had some reservations about hanging out with runners, but it ended up making things easier….and I got to sleep in more than them!

  9. p.s. thanks for the comment on the blog, I don’t know about my ‘cred’, but I do think I know what I like:)

  10. I’m so happy you had such a fantastic and soul energizing night!!
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  11. Yeah for a much needed great time with running friends. I’m glad it went well.

  12. Glad you had a great night with your running girlfriends! It sounds like ya’ll had a blast!
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  13. I have no idea why you’ve been hiding either. You are a great runner and your blog inspires me and I’m sure you’re the same in person. The running community is so encouraging, for the most part – I’m glad you got to recharge with these gals!
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  14. As others have already said, you have been such a wonderful inspiration during this challenging season. And I’m so glad you had such a great night with your friends. Girl friends, wine and conversation are almost always what the dr ordered. :D
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  15. Good friends always make you feel better. You are blessed to have such a fabulous group of ladies in your life.
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  16. Sometimes when I am least looking forward to going out is when I have the best time. So glad you had a great evening…I believe good friends are good for the soul:)

  17. So true. When I’m feeling down, I also tend to keep more to myself. True friends make it easy to open up again.
    Glad you had a great evening.
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  18. She is rockin’ 50… isn’t 50 the new 25?

    It is so much fun to go out with friends. I wish I made it happen more often myself. So glad you had a fab time :)
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  19. I totally understand the hiding part you mentioned. Did a post about coming out of hiding a while back. Something about not being able to run, when it is such a part of who we are, is hard on so many levels and one of them is being around others who run. I’m glad the day turned out to be better than you ever imagined. The support we get from our running friends is priceless. By the way, your friend who turned 50, looks marvelous. 50 is the new 30!
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  20. I love a good ladies night. It is totally food for the soul! I would say I hope to look that good when I am 50, but heck I am wishing I looked that good now!
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  21. glad it was a ladies night filled with lots of inspiring moments!!! These moments are the ones that last a lifetime!
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  22. i’m working really hard on being more social because I really need some new close friends…it’s been much harder in miami than I ever thought, but nothing is as fun as a group of girls that can just chat away!
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  23. It wouldn’t have been the same without you! Looking forward to more Amanda-time! Thanks for the nice comments – they made my day! :-)

  24. Don’t we all do that when we’re down? Go into a little cave and lick our wounds? It’s almost instinctive and yet spending time with people who love us and inspire us is what we really need. Good on you for going. I’m so glad you had a great time.
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  25. I’m so glad you had fun! You’re awesome and totally deserve to be happy :)
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  26. I am not sure what I would do without my buds…all of whom are also my ‘run’ friends…even if one of us is injured, we try to rally around them for support.
    And they are all nuts like me. :)
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  27. I tend to hide when things arnt going my way
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  28. GOOD FOR YOU! Don’t hide, it’s hard but your friends will always perk you up.
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  29. Congrats on getting out there and exposing yourself a little bit to your world of friends.

    We fear what we don’t understand and for you it was not understanding how the ladies would greet you….well they turned out to be awesome and now you won’t hide anymore.

    You are a truly amazing and inspiring person.
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