My whole life (well, my preteen life up ’til now), I have wanted to be a runner. I’ve admired those girls that gracefully jog along the sidewalk, bleach blonde ponytail swinging back and forth, running shorts and tank top perfectly in place, while passersby admire…
Okay, okay… so maybe that’s only in the movies. The thing is- I’ve tried running. I began the track season in 7th, 8th and 9th grade, but never made it past the “conditioning” stage. My knees hurt, my ankles were swollen, and I was convinced that I had shin splints. It could’ve had something to do with that fact that I was wearing shoes a 1/2 size too big, and the only exercise I was getting prior to the season was in the form of walks with my mom and dance classes, but nonetheless, the only thing I proved to myself (so I thought) was that I was just not cut out to be one those “those” runners.
And since then, running and I have had an off and on relationship. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that most of this is just mind over matter. Running is as much as a mental sport for me as it is physical, and I have to be in the right mindset to enjoy it. Read: Last night I did 3.7 miles of walk/run intervals (using the Galloway method) at the gym…and I actually enjoyed it. A lot.
Then, this morning…I did this:
It wasn’t a complete spur of the moment thing, because my sister and I have been talking about running some kind of race for awhile now, but last night’s gym session just gave me the extra push that I needed to sign up.
So, it’s official. I will be running that race in two weeks, and I will enjoy it . It’s not a half marathon, and it’s not a marathon (heck, it’s not even a 10K), but it’s a goal that I’ve set for myself, and I’m going to accomplish it. Thank you, Colleen, for the inspiration (she just signed up for a half marathon!).
Since I will not be running tonight (my leggies are a little sore…), I am going to go for a walk and enjoy my free time with Jordan. Have a great evening!
Do you enjoy running long distances?
Are you signed up for any races this fall?