I've mentioned before that one of my goals is to run a marathon in every state. My best friend, who also runs marathons, has agreed to run marathons in some states with me. She will not commit to all 50! So, earlier this year, we ran a marathon in Michigan, and then in May, we went to Ohio to run the Flying Pig Marathon. So much fun!
didn't really have friends before, so one of the best parts of my new
beginning is all of the friendships that I've made. I had known my best
friend for about 8 years, in that we'd train for a marathon every
summer. However, we'd see each other on Saturday mornings for 13 weeks,
and then not talk again until the following July. Now, I bought a
house 5 blocks from her and we see each other several times a week.
Here is a view of the bridge that will take us over to Cincinnati from Kentucky, where our hotel was:
Because we had run a marathon, we got to eat a lot of delicious food:
However, my boss (who is absolutely amazing) invited me to see The Indigo Girls with her since she had an extra ticket. We had a great time and though I didn't really know their music, wound up buying their Greatest Hits CD and listen to it frequently now.
I am sad that I didn't keep a record of what I was going through when things were so terrible for me. However, the pain was so raw and so intense that I'm not sure I'd want to have that down in print or to ever revisit it. Now, with distance from an abusive relationship, all I can think is how lucky I was to get out in my mid-30s. That I still had time to find the life that I should have been living -- to experience things like friends, laughter, honest people, good sex, and so much more. To live instead of to just exist.