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    I love it when I receive running-related gifts – since running is my favourite activity, I just get so excited when I get something new!  A few weeks ago, I received a gift from my parents that blew me away, and I wanted to show it to you.  It’s not as practical as the ideas The Shuffler shared a few days ago.  It isn’t something I can wear, use, eat or read – and that’s what makes it so unique!  I guess it makes perfect sense that there are artists out there who have a soft spot for running, but I had never seen anything like this, and I was speechless:

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    It’s a sculpture of 5 runners cut from steel, made by Jack Willoughby of Anvil Island Design and selected by my mom from a boutique in Elora, Ontario.

    Apparently Mom experienced bit of dissonance after she picked it up because she wasn’t sure I would like it.  Maybe it’s just me, but a gift like this is incredible – not only because it is unique, but also because it is shocking, and oh-so thoughtful since it speaks to a passion in my life.

    Thanks, Mom and Dad!

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!

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