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LifestyleDamsel Diaries


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I ran the streets of Paris and you were there. I pushed through the cliffs of Catalina Island as thoughts of what I would write fluttered through my brain. Over the hills of Santa Barbara, step by step around the paths of Central Park and all the while you were right by my side. As I limped through the windy city of Chicago and ached over the humidity in Orlando I felt something pushing me forward. Block after block around Los Angeles and never for a moment did I feel alone.

There is something truly solitary about running. The past couple of months of running has served better than any therapy session ever has. Tomorrow I will fight through the steep hills in San Francisco as I complete my longest run to date: 13.1 miles. This journey all began because I read “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.” So, it is only fitting that I end on a few quotes from this book {which is now my favorite}.

“I look up at the sky, wondering if I’ll catch a glimpse of kindness there, but I don’t. All I see are indifferent summer clouds drifting over the Pacific. And they have nothing to say to me. Clouds are always taciturn. I probably shouldn’t be looking up at them. What I should be looking at is inside of me. Like staring down into a deep well. Can I see kindness there? No, all I see is my own nature. My own individual, stubborn, uncooperative often self-centered nature that still doubts itself–that, when troubles occur, tries to find something funny, or something nearly funny, about the situation. I’ve carried this character around like an old suitcase, down a long, dusty path. I’m not carrying it because I like it. The contents are too heavy, and it looks crummy, fraying in spots. I’ve carried it with me because there was nothing else I was supposed to carry. Still, I guess I have grown attached to it. As you might expect.”

It’s precisely because of the pain, the we can get the feeling, through this process, of really being alive—or at least a partial sense of it.”

“That was the rule. Break one of my rules once, and I’m bound to break many more.”

“The end of the race is just a temporary marker without much significance. It’s the same with our lives. Just because there’s an end doesn’t mean existence has meaning. An end point is simply set up as a temporary marker, or perhaps as an indirect metaphor for the fleeting nature of existence.”

“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”

“You have to wait until tomorrow to find out what tomorrow will bring.”

Follow my run tomorrow, Sunday October 20th at 6:30AM PST {search for me: Jacey Duprie, Bib # 6874 on this site and follow along}

*I write from my heart, not from my head, so please excuse any typos*


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  • Kathy

    Good luck on your half marathon! You got this!

  • Q

    Best of luck sweetie !

    XX Luba


  • Really impressive and good luck for tomorrow

    Greetings from London,

  • jen

    Good Luck!!

  • tracy

    good luck!!! enjoy the ride!!! you’ve already done the work!! when i do big races i always do visioning – see yourself running and enjoying it, hear the crowds, feel your legs moving, see yourself crossing the finish!! you did it girl!! woo-hooo!!!!

  • Adrenaline will get you through! It’s a wonderful rush! Have a terrific time! You fought through adversity and never gave up! Best of luck!

  • Good Luck tomorrow! I ran the Nike Women’s full marathon 4 years ago (Oct 18, 2009) and the Nike Women’s half-marathon in 2010 and 2012… its such a great course, great race, and great city.

    Have a blast! 🙂

  • I would wish you good luck, but I know you don’t need luck. You’ve done the hard work and you are well prepared. You got this!!

  • Have a marvelous time! Enjoy every second! 🙂

  • Jaclyn

    Go girl!! Good luck! You’ve got this! I will be thinking of you!

  • Great inspirational post, good luck on your run!

  • Hannah

    You and Catt will be great tomorrow! I’ll be the damsel in distress trailing behind 😉

    The hills are going to kill but the scenery and the camaraderie will all be worth it!

    Let’s do this thing!

  • lena

    have a great time, this is amazing!

  • Good luck!

  • Diana

    Have a GREAT run Jacey!

  • Good luck! I’m in SF for the race as well, it’s such a great run I know it’s going to be a great day for you.

  • What a lovely post! Good luck tomorrow.


  • Have an awesome time – it’s such a fun experience!


  • Hope you have a great run! I’ll say a prayer for you! XO

  • Good luck Jacey! Will be sending you good vibes!!!!!

  • Wow, best of luck you will do great! Watch out they’re addicting tho! You’ll be tackling your next one in no time 🙂


  • I hope you had a wonderful run!

    The Purse Snatcher

  • Love this and must now go get this book. Congratulations on your accomplishment!

  • I cannot even explain how inspiring this is. I’m training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans half marathon this February and your running posts will definitely serve as motivation and inspiration through my training journey! Congratulations on completing the Nike Women’s Half!

  • megan

    Good Luck!! You got this girl!

  • Murakami is one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t read The Wind Up Bird Chronicle I highly recommend it!

  • I saw you on E! News last night – looks like you ladies killed it – congrats! I’m running my first half this Sunday, any advice leading up to race day?

  • Awesome! Good luck, and way to motivate 🙂