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Embracing The Changes In Life

Someone recently asked me about my running and how I currently feel about it. True, I'm not running 5 days per week as I have in the past. I'm not even running my usual 3. I think my new norm for awhile (maybe forever) might be 2 days a week.

How do I feel about it? I feel liberated. I feel like stepping outside of the model of runner to something bigger. Because I've said it before, and I will say it again, I am more than just a runner.
As I grow older with my family, I realize that life is constantly changing. I am constantly changing. And learning to embrace the change definitely makes for an easier transition. For probably the first time in my life, I am

Another Path Chosen - Marathon Training Ends

I knew that I didn't have a lot of time to make a decision. This week I had already missed one run, today was another missed run, and I had to make up my mind if I was going to continue marathon training or take a different path.

I was pretty sure of my decision this morning, and although my husband was disappointed that I may not run the marathon, he also supports me in my decision. By lunchtime today I had totally made up my mind that I was not going to run a full marathon in October. 

However my backup plan was to run the Hershey half marathon the following weekend. Yesterday when I logged on there were spots available. Today, it was sold out.

Cue the depressing dramatic sad music. I was pretty much crushed because I had decided that I was not going to run the full, but now I didn't have a back up race. I have done a lot of training this summer, and although even if I don't run a race it won't go to waste, I would still like to use this training to run a race.

I went on a search to find races. I found one. I have registered for the Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half marathon. I hear that it is a very hilly course. So I'm sure that it will be challenging. It's two weeks later then the marathon so it's a little later than I wanted. But at least it's a race. I went ahead and registered before it could sell out because I knew that since Hershey is now sold out, the other races during that time may sell out also. 

How do I feel? I feel okay right now. I'm actually relieved. However I know myself well enough to know that there will be times that I will second-guess this decision. But I think overall that I have made the right decision for me.

Do I plan to run another marathon? Someday… just not right now.

So let's see if I can run a sub two hour half marathon. That's my next goal.

One path ends - another begins. 


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