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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Flying with the band back together

The band is back together! Not a musical band, although we do sing and dance yet probably not well enough to do it in public. We are a band of 50+ and fabulous women. We are a band of 50+ and fabulous women who like to run and are training for a marathon. Last Sunday we were supposed to run 14 miles. I say supposed to because I miscalculated and we ran 15.5. And yes, there is a HUGE difference between the two.

We come together every Sunday to train for our marathons. Georgette is running the Marathon Corps Marathon. It will be her first marathon. Debora, Millie, and I are running the Soldier Marathon. It will be Millie's first, Debora's second, and my fourth.

We use our training runs to catch up on each others' lives. We exchange recipes, freely give our opinions, and sometimes unsolicited advice. We also discuss movies, fashion, hair color, moisturizers, and anything else that comes up.

We share. We share a lot of sweat and often heartache, heartbreak, and things that I cannot mention and many more that I cannot remember. We learn so much from each other during those training runs. Our bonds go beyond our runs. These are the women I turn to when my prayers are slow in materializing what I need most. These are the women I can share my tears and my secrets with. And they with me. So I am thrilled that the band is back together.