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Amy Donaldson: Daughter's birthday celebration a reminder that the best gifts can't be bought

Rachel Gitlin runs on a dirt road near Navajo Lake in the Top of Zion Relay. This race was the way she celebrated her 20th birthday.

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Our first run together was a disaster.
She cried. I scolded.
“Running is my break from stress,” I said somewhere between lecturing and begging. “No whining allowed.”
But she was just 10 or 11 and when something hurt, she cried. This was both an understandable reaction and something I thought she should overcome.
Pain is part of running.
Pain is part of life.
If she could run through the pain, she could conquer. At least that was what I thought. But like most things I believed when I was younger, dealing with life’s agonies is much more complicated than ...


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