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Rebecca Wood
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Kenley Ran
My half marathon weekend is over.   Kenley Ran!  My official time was 3 hours, 22 minutes, 48 seconds.    I have already signed up for a 10 mile race in two weeks to help me qualify for a higher corral next year because I am apparently a runner now.  Who kn...

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Run Kenley Run Playlist #8: Reason to Believe
The week before her birthday is a morbid countdown for me.   Even though I have tried really hard this year to make February more positive, I still can't escape this.   I can't stop myself from remembering - from reliving.    I was swollen and my blood pres...

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Run Kenley Run Playlist #7: Titanium
The only way to survive a lifetime of grief is to eventually become stronger than it.  When you first begin putting yourself back together after the initial shock wave has demolished you, your pieces are weak.   They easily re-shatter.  You feel like you ar...

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Run Kenley Run Playlist #6 I Lived
When our children are born, we automatically want the best for them from day one.  We want them to live a life of greatness.  We want them to accomplish their dreams and to have as few regrets as possible.  We actually want this long before they are born.  ...

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Run Kenley Run Playlist #5: Perfect
It's never been a secret that I have struggled with self-image long before loss.   This song speaks to that struggle- and to the rebuilding of self both before and after. In this song, P!nk is talking to someone who is also struggling with feeling confident...

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Run Kenley Run Playlist #4: Home
My sister listened to this song on the airplane when she flew down to be with me after Kenley died.   She tells me she "ugly cried".    Now, whenever I listen to it, I think of her, alone on an airplane, sobbing as she flies down, only to miss holding Kenle...

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Run Kenley Run Playlist #3: Fight Song
This song was released in February 2015, two years after Kenley died.   It came out at a time when I had finally shaken off the fog of the early days, had struggled past simple daily survival, and was ready to actually start LIVING again.  But living is har...

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The Dragon
I can feel the rumbling.  Deep and guttural.  The Dragon is stirring.  He is shifting in the darkness, stretching his claws.  I have quite literally tried to outrun him, but I know he will catch up to me.  This whole time I have been running, I have known t...

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Run Kenley Run Playlist #2: Compass
I am not the biggest fan of country music.  The Dixie Chicks and Lady Antebellum are pretty much the only two country bands I listen too - and a little bit of old school Garth Brooks once in a while because, hey, who doesn't have friends in low places?   I ...

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Run Kenley Run Playlist #1: Inner Ninja
When I went on vacation the summer after Kenley died, I made a playlist for some of those days full of songs that spoke to my grief or my healing. I did the same thing in the days leading up to Piper's birth. So, it seems fitting that I create a blog se...
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