Pave Your Lane

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BE A KID (July 8 - Day 102, 17.7 miles, Steward, IL)

Two little boys, Brady and Jaden, inspired me today. These two spunksters, age 4 1/2 and 7, have so much spirit and “play” in them. They are the sons of Amy and Brian Ahern, our incredible hosts in Geneva, IL last night. So, this morning was something else! These boys, not only did they come out to run (Brady, you are the youngest person to run with me yet...kudos to you!), but they also ran through cornfields, literally! We (including runners from the Northern Illinois Trail Runners (NITRO) and the Fox River Trail Runners) were stopped at mile 6 this morning, downing Fruit 2o and Clif bars, when all of a sudden I see little people run out from the corn stalks that were surrounding us on both sides of the road. Brady and Jaden were leaping out at us, appearing from the corn! They were beaming. Seeing them run through the fields was an example of how simple things can be so full of pleasure. These kids got to experience the country today, like they never have before, and at one point I saw Brady out in the middle of someone’s large front lawn yelling, “Piiiiiiiiiiiiig!” over and over again, like he was beckoning the animals his way. Hilarious.

Some of the the group this morning in the corn:

This is how I was inspired. I was inspired to feel the KID in me, throughout my entire life. I was inspired to literally run through the cornfields with these boys, children of the corn, if I may:-) I was inspired to wear the tutu again while running through no-man’s land, something that could be considered “child-like.” Nope, it is just me, embracing the kid in me.

I am reunited with the tutu:

Everyday can be Halloween, even for a 24 year old. It’s OK to show your inner kid - make it an outer kid! As Emerson advises, “break the monotony - do something strange and extravagant!” Not to say that the only way we can break the monotony is to be a kid, but being a kid is one way to break that monotony. Last night with the Ahern family, as Brady was dancing to Michael Jackson in the living room and playing basketball with the wall and himself (ok, hilarious), Brian said something to me that stuck with me - “Don’t you wish we could all hold on to the kid in us...and feel OK about wearing a skeleton suite to the grocery store?!” (As background info, as we pulled into their driveway last night, we saw Brady lying in the front lawn with his Halloween glow-in-the-dark skeleton suite on, playing with a stuffed he was awaiting our arrival! Just lying out on the front lawn, like it was totally normal to wear a skeleton outfit as everyday wear. He wore it the entire evening.)

Brady in his outfit in the front yard:

So, embrace your kid today! We were once kids, so why do we have to loose that sense of wonder? Wonder on! Explore on! Wear your skeleton suite today!


The Ahern Family and me in front of their home - we are trying to be monkeys!

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Comment by Joe Kowalski on July 9, 2009 at 1:26pm
Running today (7-9-09) with Nitro Running Club and Katie has been one of the best running experiences ever in my 11 years as a runner. I urge everyone that has a passion for running to join her. We did 10.5 in Lee County followed by a mile walk afterward. Live your dreams as Katie does!Spread the word to pave her lane and yours.
Comment by John Kearsing on July 9, 2009 at 4:15pm
I second that. What a blast, and it's free.
Comment by Jenny Sadler on July 9, 2009 at 7:41pm
such a good lesson to learn/be reminded of!
Comment by Karen Federici on July 9, 2009 at 10:21pm

Comment by Karen Federici on July 9, 2009 at 10:27pm

Comment by Cheri Kranz on July 9, 2009 at 11:45pm
Today was such a blast! I was on a runner's high (with my inner kid on the outside) all day long!! Katie is an incredible inspiration! I hope to do it again this weekend!!


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