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This weekend I ran a 50-mile relay with some friends from high school, my husband, and my sister.

The scenery was gorgeous (I love me some Southern Utah red rock). (Except for the part where I had to run through an industrial park, but you know. It could have been worse. I’m still kind of scarred from the runner on another team who decided to change his shorts by the side of the road. Eeee.)

But the company was the best part.

I count good friends among my greatest blessings in life. People who have known you for a long time, who have moved past both your best and worst qualities and who know you for the middle ground, the person that you really are. People who celebrate when you do, who cry with you, who make you laugh. And who let you do the same for them.

In the picture above, my teammate Justin is running the wrong way on a freeway offramp. This was what he was supposed to do–it was part of the course–but I loved this image.

Friends are also those who tell you, in whatever way you need to hear or will listen, when you’re going the wrong way. And they are the ones at the sideline screaming for you when you are pushing through something hard, running faster than you thought you could.

In other news, I’m doing a book signing this weekend in Orem. More details here. I’d love to see you there!

+ comments (10)
  • Carolyn V
    December 8, 2009

    Good Job Ally! 50 miles? I’m lucky to hit three! =)

    Friends are awesome, especially the good ones. =)

  • Sandy Shin
    December 8, 2009

    Oh wow, 50 miles! That’s really incredible.

    Friends are also those who tell you, in whatever way you need to hear or will listen, when youโ€™re going the wrong way.


  • Stacey
    December 8, 2009

    Ally I am so impressed! You are amazing in so many ways! I did cross country in high school…or rather tried for one season to do cross country. I ended up with bad shin splints and only ran 2 races. Sigh. I have since then been extremely impressed with people whose bodies can take the pounding of the asphault.

    Besides that, you are just an amazingly inspiring person! If I weren’t so super busy this weekend I would come see you! Sell lots of books!

  • ally
    December 8, 2009

    I should probably clarify that I didn’t run 50 miles–we had five runners for the relay, so we each ran about 10. Not quite as impressive, I know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Sara
    December 9, 2009

    Uh, I couldn’t do 10 either, so I’m still impressed!! ๐Ÿ™‚ True friends are definitely rare, but are such blessings. I’m glad you have people like that in your life, and I am grateful for those in mine too.

    I need to look up the details of your signing… we have 4 parties this weekend (2 birthday, one Christmas breakfast, and a friend Christmas party), but if I can come I sure will!!

  • Shari
    December 9, 2009

    You are so awesome, Ally. It has been my privilege to know you.

  • Julie D.
    December 10, 2009

    Two great accomplishments in one post: running a heck of a lot farther than I’ve ever run, and keeping great friends for so long. And making new ones! Okay, so that was three. Congrats!

  • Justin
    December 10, 2009

    I like being squished. It makes me look taller.

  • Natalie Hatch
    December 13, 2009

    I started running at the beginning of this year, finally after 6 yrs of having kids I can now take time out for myself. Hubby and I are shooting for a half marathon next year (crossing fingers). I find as I run my characters/plot problems sort themselves out, I know when I haven’t run for a couple of days I seem to get stuck writing/editing.
    Good on your for doing the relay. I’m trying to get some of the ladies from my ward here into running, but so far no luck.

  • Heather Moore
    December 22, 2009

    This is really incredible, Ally.

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