Sunday, November 24, 2013

Running and Real Life

This has been something that has been swirling around in my brain and I just need to get it out on paper...or Whatever.

One month from yesterday, on October 15th I'll be coming up on the second anniversary of the day I started running.  In 8 weeks I will be running my 3rd half marathon...who knew?

The other day on my long run I got to thinking about how my life has changed since I started running. Let's start with the obvious - I left my teaching job in Chicago, moved to Florida, started a new job.

Lets get the perhaps not so obvious stuff out of the way.  It took a while but I got a job...but it was WAY different then I thought I would be, I got overly stressed, really sick and made the decision to quit.  After that I went through a REALLY bad time. I was anxious, nervous, scared, possibly a little depressed.  Looking back now I think I was looking at the BIG picture and trying to take on everything too fast....

continued 11/24/2013

Thank goodness for my running. I think its safe to say it literally saved me.  A couple of weeks after this all went down, I participated in my first long distance run - the Tower of Terror 10 miler.  While it was not a perfect run I DID finish and I think seeing my running family and friends did me a lot of good. Felt good to smile and laugh again.   And after that...I didn't have time to slow down - my first half marathon in January was coming quick!  So here I am a year later, 3 half marathons and a new job (woohoo!) later and I've been thinking about how my running has affected my regular everyday life.

First of all - like I said the first job was a disaster because I kept looking at THE MOUNTAIN not the little steps.  I think that's something has running has taught me.  Sure, you go out there somedays planning to run 10 miles but there are a lot of days my brain and my body does NOT want to do that so I have to break it down. Sometimes its "lets just run 1 mile."  Or "lets just run to the corner. " I've even have days where it's "Lets just run to that light post."  In my real life when I'm having a tough week I don't look ALL the way to graduation. Don't even look to the end of the month.  Some days its don't even look to Friday - lets just get through today....or at least the morning LOL.

Finishing these races has also made me strong in believing in myself.  Once upon a time WAAAY back in high school, my gym class started running in preparation for the dreaded mile run.  Well about two laps in, I had to quit because my side hurt SO bad.  Years later, look at me - I'm a half marathon runner!  In January I was SO proud that I finished! In February, my running partner was unable to make it to the race so I sent the rest of my team off and made it my goal to finish the race on my own.  I was hurt but I did it! If that doesn't make you strong I don't know what does.  And I'm happy to say in November I finished my 3rd half marathon uninjured, with an 18 minute PR!  WOOHOO!

I guess the Kelly Clarkson song that comes up on my running playlist ALL the time is right "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!"

1 comment:

  1. ...rock on, Katie!!! Glad to know you are having a better time of things now... Hope your awesomeness with running continues... I need to do something, as I've noted to you before...oof...

    KIG, Katie!!!