Sparrow in the Tree Top
Find your song and sing it
February 21, 2014

It’s a running link-up today hosted by Sunshine to the Square Inch and The (Lovely!) Lady Okie which is basically my dream come true. If there’s one thing I can go on-and-on about, it’s running and my relationship to it over the years. I wrote a little something about it here (there’s some good old-school pictures of me in horrible running tights), and sometimes I write things about running for here. So you can understand when I was like, yes! Let’s all talk about running together!

So, in 250 words or less (it starts now), “My Running Story.” Ahem:


I started running when I was nine years old. That’s me on the track at our high school area meet. It was a pretty big deal for me that day because I surprised everyone. I remember it was like a chord was cut  because I just kept going.

I clearly remember the priceless look on my coach’s face after I came around that first corner in the lead. It was just pure amazement like “Go Emily! Wait…. go Emily?” I loved that moment because ya I was little, but I was fierce. (Did I just quote Shakespeare? I’m sorry I couldn’t resist.)

And that’s been the trend. In high school we were training up and down hills all day and my coach told me, “Emily, you’ve got guts.”

At the time I didn’t get it. But now, it’s a comment I’ll take to the grave with me. He’s right, I do have guts. I know I’m capable of putting my head down, and just running. And that my friends, is such a liberating feeling.


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  • Betsy Transatlantically

    I feel like REALIZING and OWNING that you’ve got guts is half the battle, right?

  • Alicia | Jaybird Blog

    I LOVE IT! Also love the picture of baby Emily. The awesome joy of any physical exertion/goal is that feeling…knowing that you have guts, that you push yourself and that you surprise yourself (and others) with your capabilities along the way.

  • Amanda

    That is such a great picture! It’s classic. Look at you go! Thanks for linking up. I totally know what you mean about talking about running a lot. I could go on and on! Well, you know :)

  • Andrea

    Very cool! You got an early start at age 9. I always love seeing the kids that participate in the races that I have done at Central Park. Such a joy and encouragement to see them out there!

  • Beka Johnson

    That is such a fun running story! I love that you have been running since you were 9.

    Thanks for linking up with us and for sharing your story.

  • kari

    Wow, you had an early start! I didn’t begin running really until high school. Isn’t it fun to surprise others in the way that you did? Love the “Wait . . . go Emily?” line in your narrative.

    • Emily Anne

      Hey Kari! I think our area had a really active elementary school running program. I don’t know if it’s the standard thing? Probably should be because I think running can be so good for kids!


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