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Words are so powerful! I was coming back from an exercise class yesterday, feeling so energized and content with the world and myself. Going to a gym is a new thing for me. I have never belonged to a fitness center in my life, and had never tried out for sports or any teams, ever. If it wasn't for supervising my students in "electives"--a chance for kids to sign up for different activities one afternoon for six weeks out of the winter term, I would never have tried alpine or cross-country skiing! (Unfortunately, that program of introducing kids to new activities fell to the wayside, due to the cost.)

So, whenever I try some new physical activity, I think back with gratitude to a fellow teacher at my school. I knew he was a runner, and asked him how his running was going. He talked a little about it, and then said, "Do you run? You look like a runner."  I laughed.

His words sat in my brain. Me??? Look like a runner? Well, it had just so happened that my wonderful husband had just had a double bypass heart operation, and as part of his cardio rehab, he had started first, walking, then running. I was so proud of him and often went down to the waterfront to wait for him while he ran. I started walking to keep warm, then when I thought no one was looking, I would run a few steps. But, I felt so self-conscious.

But, Tom said I looked like a runner. Well, that was all the encouragement I needed. I started running, then, as most women do, I looked for a class and met a wonderful group of women who have become some of my best friends! And, I learned that runners come in all shapes and sizes, and speeds!

I am happy to say, that my husband has done one marathon and sixteen half marathons. I completed nine half marathons, but am now doing more walking, aquafit classes, fitness classes, and yoga.

So, that off hand comment changed my life. It gave me the courage to try something new without being so self-conscious. I am so grateful for that!

Excitement at the Starting Line

Two of my most dedicated running buddies!
What have you said to someone that changed their life? I hope you have recognized the power of words in your own life.