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Embracing The Changes In Life

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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

For The First Time In A Long Time

For the first time in a very long time, I left a race feeling.... happy... satisfied... content. When I saw the clock, I felt a little disappointment, and felt myself saying.. If I just hadn't walked to catch my breath... but I immediately stopped myself.. because the truth is.. I needed those steps. I couldn't breathe. 

It't no secret that the last year or more I have struggled. In fact, the last race that I ran where I left happy was the DMP Dash in April of 2014. And if I'm going to be brutally honest, that race was about beating others (and their finish time). I ran it hard, and all out, and I did PR which I am very proud of ... but it wasn't about finishing as much as finish times.

Today, my first 5K in over a year, was about running for the sake of running, and getting a baseline of where I am fitness wise.

My finish time was
no where near my PR, but it wasn't my slowest time either. I had hoped for under 28, but the reality is, fitness-wise, I'm just not there. So I'll take my 28:28 and 8/24 in my age group with 120/294 overall.

I am very pleased with myself today - not because of a time on a clock - but because I know that I did what I could do - and I proved to myself that running just isn't about clock times but about personal achievement.






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