As most of you know, I’m currently training for my first half marathon.  I’m a rookie runner.  Most of the time I have no idea what I’m doing…I’m just running.  I signed up for my first 5k exactly two years ago and it’s taken some on again/off again running to really fall in love with this form of exercise.  A few months back I decided to give a half marathon a try, so I found a friend to run with me and I registered for the race.  June 1st is the Third Annual Goddess Run – a “girls only” race consisting of a 5k, 10k and half marathon distance.  I’m currently half way through my training program and I’m feeling healthy, strong and inspired.  Last weekend I ran 13km – the longest distance I’ve ever run to date!

First shorts run (for me) in Victoria this year!
First shorts run (for me) in Victoria this year!

Long runs leave a lot of time to do some quality thinking.  I should probably be using this time to think about planning lessons and units for school, but I rarely think about school when I run (come to think of it, this is probably a good thing).

Last weekend’s long run got me thinking about the extraordinary women in my life.  I actually shed a few tears around kilometer four when I really started thinking about how many good women support me on a daily basis.  Now, for a little history.

I grew up competing in an all-girls sport and; therefore, was rarely surrounded by boys.  I didn’t really have male friends throughout my school years…in fact, I was so painfully awkward and shy when I was younger that even if boys DID want to be friends with me, there was no way I would ever talk to them.  Getting straight to the point…I married my first boyfriend seven years after the very day we started dating and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  He’s my one and my only.  All cheese aside, the sisters (female friends) I have in my life are very precious to me.  Girlfriends have come and gone, as girlfriends usually do, but right now in my mid-late twenties (mid-late because I’m still 26 – ha!) I am in the most stable, healthy and inspiring of girl-friendships – the friendships people only dream of!

So, back to my 13km run.  While I was running I decided that I should dedicate my 21 kilometers of half marathon to some of the outstanding women in my life.  I even came up with the title “21 for the Sisterhood” while running and I knew once I had the title I had officially created a “thing”.   My next seven Wednesday posts are going to include three photos at the bottom of my writing.  The photos will represent three more women who I’ve decided to dedicate one kilometer of my race too. 3 women per week X 7 weeks of posts = 21 women total and leads right up to my race weekend! Crafty hey?

Now for three women to kick start the 21 for the Sisterhood:

 

Kilometer 1: My grandma, one of my biggest loves. She's 12 in this photo and turned 77 today!
Kilometer 1: My grandma, one of my biggest loves. She’s 12 in this photo and turned 77 today!

 

 

Kilometer 2: My friend, Jessie, who also happens to be my partner in crime for this half marathon.  Jessie was brave enough to go on this journey with me and I couldn't be more proud of her!
Kilometer 2: My friend, Jessie, who also happens to be my partner in crime for this half marathon. Jessie was brave enough to go on this journey with me and I couldn’t be more proud of her!
Kilometer 3: An important, little lady in my life (daughter of my good friend, Jen). This little one and I have been buddies since I first held her at 6 days old.  She teaches me the importance of sitting down on the floor specifically to read books and do yoga poses in between stories. She's three years old now...so kilometer 3 belongs to her!
Kilometer 3: An important, little lady in my life (daughter of my good friend, Jen). This little one and I have been buddies since I first held her at 6 days old. She teaches me the importance of sitting down on the floor specifically to read books and do yoga poses in between stories. She’s three years old now…so kilometer 3 belongs to her!

Karley