I woke up this morning with a huge smile on my face and NO I do not usually wake up that happy.

When I grabbed my phone I realized it was Friday the 13th, a date usually thought to be unlucky. The smile again returned to my face.

Years ago I ran a marathon with the bib #13. When I walked up to get my number the volunteer said sorry to me – and handed me my “unlucky” number.

I said to him without even blinking or thinking – I don’t believe in luck.

I don’t know where that came from to be honest with you because I hadn’t much thought about being lucky or not lucky in life before. I told people good luck before races but I didn’t really think about whether there really is such a thing as luck. I think about destiny a lot and I believe that everything good and bad in life happens for a reason, but luck? Hmmm…..

As it would turn out – my unlucky number 13 was VERY lucky. I ran under 3:30 for the first time finishing the marathon in first place female with a time of 3:21. I honestly still feel that – that specific day was one of the happiest of my life.

Since then I’ve really liked the number 13. As in REALLY liked the number. In the fall of 2011 I ran another PR in the marathon. 3:13. It felt lucky.

When I broke that time in spring of 2012 I was secretly sad to say goodbye to my 3:13 but happy that instead of running a 3:10 like I had wanted I ran a 3:11. 11 is my *lucky* number and I happen to be obsessed with numbers.

This spring I ran B & A Marathon with the goal of again trying to PR, I failed terribly {though I don’t see it as a failure since I now know the factors that contributed to my bad race} but was happy when I saw my average pace for all 26.2 miles was 8:18. My other favorite *lucky* number.

All morning long I couldn’t shake the feeling that today was *lucky.* This morning I randomly caught 11:11 on my phone – I didn’t make a specific wish but the same ones were there  in my heart. Some of those wishes are big and deep, others are silly little ones that I hope come true – I keep them as wishes and not as things I pray about – because they are seriously silly little things…..best kept for wishing.


Less than an hour ago I got a very *lucky* email. I’m jumping up and down with excitement from the news {which YES I will be super annoying and not share right now – but will SOON} I’m.seriously.jumping.up.and.down.

Maybe I do believe in LUCK?


Do you believe in lucky numbers? Or luck in general? Or do you believe you make your own luck? Destiny? Same thing as luck?

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  1. I’ve always liked the number 9. The number 3 is such a perfect and strong number, and 9 is 3 3’s, even more perfect.

    I catch 12:34 on my phone, or the computer, or my alarm clock on pretty regular basis. Enough to make me wonder…

  2. My number is 131. It was my store number, an id number, and happens to be my favorite distance in running. (13.1 not 131 miles!) I always look at the clock at 1:31 without realizing it (like your 8:18), and now I text my husband to tell him something nice at 1:31.

  3. 13 has been my lucky number for as long as I can remember, along with 3 and 5. I was married (not on purpose) on 3-5-05. I also just turned 35 in 2013. Friday the 13th’s are always a happy day in my little world. I’m glad I’m not the only number nerd out there! :)

  4. Enjoy your lucky day :) Hope it brings you lost of awesome things!

  5. Sounds exciting whatever your news is!

    13 is absolutely my lucky # because it’s my birthday. I have even better luck when it falls on a Friday! :)

  6. Ah – I can’t wait to find out what your news is! I love hearing of good things going on in other people’s lives :)

    I don’t really believe in luck either. I think we can come across good fortune once in a while, but for the most part, what we get is a result of what we work for. Call me a realist :)


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