I love to run. I fell in love with running back in my high school cross country days, logging miles, team camaraderie- it was great. Then I went to college and my running fell to the side. I was too cool or too busy… I can’t remember what it was. I simply stopped running after the end of my senior cross country season and never started again. Running and I were on a break for a long time after that- it wasn’t running, it was me. I was young, my metabolism was still fast, I thought I didn’t need running. I was wrong.
Fortunately we became reacquainted around 2007, and rekindled the flame. I ran a lot. I started racing- 5Ks, 10Ks, a couple of Half Marathons, two Marathons and the Ragnar Del Sol. I even won my age group in a (very) small local 5K. Then life happened… work, the kids got older and therefore busier… and next thing I knew we were on a break again- running and I. We flirted. Just as we would get something going we would drift back apart. On again off again. I kept up my running log, but most years the totals were just embarrassing. From 2007-2015 I logged a total of 3677.73 miles. That is not even on track for 5K miles in a decade.
But the thing about running, the thing that kept me coming back, is that running sets me free. When I run I pound out all of life’s problems with each strike of my foot. And on a good day, everything is resolved a few miles in, then I go from being lost in thought to being without thought- which is a beautiful place to be. This is where I reclaim my sanity. This is where I rejuvenate. This time makes me a better person.
So, I keep trying. I keep starting back up hoping this time will be the time I really get back into it. That this time I will have the running epiphany that keeps me inspired.
And then I did.
At the end of the summer a few friends from work decided to put together a Ragnar team for the 2016 Del Sol. I jumped at the opportunity to have something to train for and signed up for a spot that had me running 20.1 miles over 3 legs. Ragnar is a unique challenge- you battle increasing sleep deprivation as you work through your miles. In the wee hours of the morning on that crazy trip adversity struck. It was bad. And I overcame it. This changed everything. I’m probably still on my race high, but I am recommitted to running. I want new challenges. I want to blow up my limits and find new ones. Hence this blog… to keep me inspired and to share my journey.
PS- you can read all about the Ragnar and the details of my inspiration in my next post Del Sol 2016.