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Yeeesss!!! I’m here...I’ve made it through to the other side of Christmas!!! Phew...three happy children, 7 happy Christmas dinner guests all happily filled to the brim...dustbins full of discarded wrapping paper....the remains of crackers, with eye rolling jokes, strewn over the table....and a vacuum that looks like it’s swallowed Christmas in one go!!! And here’s me...laid in bed this morning, feeling like the dream of running that I’d just had (!) may have been real because my legs felt heavy and post-workout! But, even though I was extremely warm & comfy, I had made a promise to myself that I was out today...so I got up, left the warmth under the covers for later, got dressed & off I went. The drink of choice for Boxing Day had been water due to a little over-indulgence on the wine on Christmas Day, so I was well hydrated...it was good, my heavy legs soon started springing into action..I even tackled a hill...a big hill...but I did walk/run it, didn’t want to burn myself out too soon....chose a completely different route today, in fact, I made it up as I went along & I really enjoyed it...

I lost my Mum on New Year’s Eve, it will be 8 years ago this time...there isn’t a day goes by when I don’t think of her, she’s in my heart & thoughts always...& I’m beginning to think she’s the power in my legs and the strength in my soul...for those of you who are remembering loved ones past, or struggling through hard times with loved ones present ( & I know there are a few of you on here)....go for a run...it doesn’t have to be a long one, the wind was biting cold today but it didn’t bite me so hard that I wanted to stop, it bit me so hard that it made me know that I’m alive & I can get through things, even when they knock me sideways...and so can you...so, even through tears & if you’ve a pain in your heart, what we do will see you through....xxxx

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What a lovely post. Glad you had time to do what you love and run. Thinking if you with memories of your Mum. 💕I lost my Dad just before Christmas 14 years ago bd the pain is still as fresh.

Wishing you all the very best for 2018. Keep on running 🏃🏻‍♀️🙋🏻🙌🏻

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😘 xx thinking of you TJMazz ...it’s a difficult time of year...but then again, every day feels hard sometimes x

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Yes, I always try to remain positive and live for the moment. I always say, Enjoy every moment with our loved ones, time is precious. Here’s to a fabulous 2018 where will can keep on running and love life to the max 👍🏻

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Here here xx

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That was lovely brought a tear to my eye. My mum has been an angel for 20 years this year and I still think about her every day! It is lovely to feel alive whatever the weather! Sounds like you had a lovely run and you deserved to after getting out of a comfy warm bed 😊😊

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Ohhh, I was def warm & comfy, but I’d had a dream about running so my head was ready to get out there...I’m sorry about your Mum, I said when I lost my Mum that the rest of my life would be a long time without her...20 years? Our Mums are always with us x

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What lovely words and very true... since I lost my big brother 12 years ago I try to turn any negatives into a.... “Rob wishes he were here running in this wind/having a rubbish day at work/eating this mince pie etc”

I hope you manage to enjoy your NYE celebrations, and continued success to you in 2018 - Happy running 😘

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Aw, bless you..that’s good when you can turn negatives into positives, nothing ever takes away the pain but the passing of time helps us adjust x

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Well you’ve got me blubbing (akin to my Christmas Day run), but you are oh so right my lovely.

I’m glad you got through Christmas relatively unscathed and that you had a good run today.

Weather and a crooked shoulder have scuppered my run today. Tomorrow, however, I shall be out there - by the sea.

Big hug my lovely running friend. Xx

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Awww, I didn’t want to make you cry 😢...its such an emotional time though isn’t it? I used to always cry on New Year’s Eve, I’ve always found a real sadness to saying goodbye to another year, now it’s a different sadness...I’m another year away from my Mum...loads of emotions & thoughts go off with every party popper...xx

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I’m afraid I don’t like this time of year. It’s a standing joke that I’m ‘Bah Humbug’ (I even have a hat to prove it), but it isn’t that ... I just don’t find much joy in it.

That’s EXACTLY how I feel about New Year... moving another year ‘away’ from those we have lost - but people think I’m strange when I say that.

Keep finding that strength in running. Xx

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It’s ok not to like it ...each to their own...it’s not my fav time of year if I’m honest xxx

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Good work, Mummycav! Glad you survived Xmas and it was a happy one, to boot. 😀 Big respect to you for getting out today - I have gone into semi-hibernation, it is so cold, windy and rainy. Did some stretching and strengthening though, so not a complete sloth.

Beautiful that you run with your mum in your heart. ❤️ She would be so proud of you. Running is great therapy and perfect for reflection.

Happy running lovely lady.

Sadie-runs xxx

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Thank you Sadie-runs ...it’s hard to keep motivated in the cold...but it’s not cold for long, I was de-bagging after 10 mins!! xxx

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Lovely post, and I am sorry for the pain you feel. I cannot begin to imagine how that feels. I love the thought of her being the power in your legs and the strength in your soul, thats really beautiful. XX

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I’m glad that you can’t imagine it...I wouldn’t wish it on anyone let alone someone I would consider a friend...I’m sure my Mum is my strength xx

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Beautiful post, as ever... well done you..on every single level... :) x

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Thank you Floss...you’re such a treasure xx

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Well done lovely, you got out there and your dear mum ran with you. Our loved ones are with us always, in our hearts, minds and souls. We do a lot of things in this life for our loved ones past and present and you did it today.

You will be running up that hill soon, with your mum right behind you saying, "go on my girl, you can do it, you can run up this hill, I'm with you all the way". Xxx

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I believe they are Beth...it may be a while until I’m running the whole thing but I’m sure my Mum will be spurring me on!! X

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I love your post MC, it sums up so much about running and life and loss. I was out today and it was a biting, icy, sleety wind pushing into my face. I felt alive too and happy that I could be out experiencing it, when no other fool would be! Only running can do this to us - I am so glad we've found this crazy thing we do! It helps me through the bad things life chucks at us, it's really become a faithful friend, waiting for me when I need it. And it helps me cope and feel in control (well, to a certain degree!!). Happy running lovely lady, you absolutely deserve it xx

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Awww...brrrrrr, it was def cold this morning!! How lovely to say that running has become a faithful friend, I completely agree...you are one inspirational lady that I often take out with me...& when I need a smile, you’re one that puts one on my face xx thank you xx

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We all keep each other going, it's a truly wonderful thing that we are all a part of and something I am very grateful for xx :)

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I think you're psychic... I'm one of those "struggling through hard times with loved ones present" & running really does help... was out this morning too, running, & slip-sliding, along - feeling thankful for the beautiful clear blue sky. Thanks again for a great post & I'll be thinking of you on NYE... xxx

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Sending you a big hug SuzyKK ...you will get through whatever it is x

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