“I will continue to spread positivity and help those around me.”

My goal for 2016 is rather simple: I want to take my gloves off more. This past year I made myself a promise. I told myself that since I was lucky enough to run again, that I would truly make the most of it. On every run, I try to find at least one person to say something nice to or to help out. I do this for three reasons: the world desperately needs small acts of kindness, I want people to view runners as a lovely bunch of people, I want people to think my city is a friendly place. I have never told anyone about this who hasn’t run with me (and they know because they witness it firsthand), because this isn’t something I want praise for. I don’t do it for that. So why am I telling you now? Today, I was bitter about running. It was cold, I didn’t want to go, I’m tired. While I was running, I saw what appeared to be a mom trying to prop her phone up to take a photo of herself and 5 kids. This happens a lot in Cleveland. I wanted to keep running because there’s nothing I hate more than taking off my gloves. I’m a freeze baby. But I saw her struggling so I stopped. I told her to let me take the photo, took my gloves off, and I froze. After I took multiple shots, I went to leave and the mom had tears in her eyes. She said this was the first photo of her and her kids out and about since her husband recently passed. She said I would never know how thoughtful my actions were. Perspective is mind blowing sometimes. And for this reason, I make no resolutions to run further. I make none to PR. I make one simple goal that I hope each one of you reading this will join me on: I will take my gloves off more. Figuratively and literally. I will continue to spread positivity and help those around me. If in the meantime I snag a BQ, it will be icing on the cake. But that isn’t what this life is about. 2016, I hope you bring more love, more friendship, more positivity and more wonderful memories. My wish is that in 2016, each of you will take your gloves off moreLindsey

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