I'm feeling sorry for myself today. I have been training for a half marathon. Back in my high school and college days, running was my life. I lived to run. Is there any simpler sport? All you need is a pair of running shoes and you are off. While it is amazing the amount of gear and gadgets companies sell runners these days, I still believe that at the end of the day the run is between you and the road. (Don't get me wrong, I have been known to indulge in the gear that makes the run a little more enjoyable and me a little more technically savvy.)
For the past few years, life has gotten in the way of those hours of training I used to put in. I found my running shoes getting buried deeper in the closet with each season that passed. Oh I tried to get back into running, but after a 5 year sabbatical it was discouraging to struggle through a two mile run. I just kept thinking back on the shape I used to be in and the miles I used to log and would get discouraged that it took so much effort to complete a two mile run.
This past fall, I decided to try again. I enrolled myself in several fun runs and hit the road. The journey has been very enjoyable. Not only have I explored the roads and trails close to my house, but I have reconnected with old friends and met new ones along the way. My runs no longer look like that ones I took back in the day. Today my runs are equipped with jogging strollers and diaper bags. But that's okay, I still get satisfaction from reaching goals I have set for myself.
That's what brings me to today. I was to run a half marathon. It was the goal that got me training again this spring. And now I'm laid up with a training injury. I began thinking about all the training that was wasted now that I'm not able to run. After a while I began to realize, nothing had been wasted. Every moment I spent training I was doing something good for myself - not just for my health, but for my emotional well being as well. It was about the journey, not just about the final goal. So while I was not able to run today, I will not let it get me down. There are other half marathons and this particular one will be ran again next year. I will look forward to standing on that starting line, pulse racing and my nerves getting the best of me as I wonder, did I train enough? Should I have done one more long run?
If you have never done a local fun run, I suggest you really look into it. Even if you are not a runner, there are several people who walk the course. Don't be afraid to take your kids - it can be a great way to meet other moms and it's an activity the whole family can enjoy. The people you meet and the encouragement and positive atmosphere at a road race is very uplifting. As a bonus, many fun runs are fundraisers for good causes. So not only are you getting out and meeting people in your neighborhood, you are doing something good for your community. Did I mention that most runs offer a cool t-shirt to those who participate? So get out there, hit the track, run the trails, or settle for the open road, there is nothing stopping you from reaching your goals.
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