You know, I went for a run yesterday before work and I realized something: I’ve come a long way since I started in High School. So to enjoy my revelation (that’s what I’m going to call it) I’m going to talk about it today. Back in High School I started running as a way to keep in shape for soccer (this was my main sport) and when I got cut during try-outs my sophomore year my friend Tirzah spent the whole year convincing me to do cross-country the following fall. And well she won the convincing. I ran in High school, always finishing last or second to last for my team at races and usually at the back of the pack for the entire race. I
don’t believe I know my time never went below 27:56 for a 5k in high school and that was during senior year. Despite the fact that I never ran any fast races, and let’s be honest didn’t really try that hard I had fun. Me at my homecoming parade —>
It was a fun time and I quickly fell in love with running. Then came my freshman year of college and boy was I in for an awakening. Preseason was full of 2 a days and long miles. I quickly realized this wasn’t the same as high school. But I still wasn’t serious yet about my running, sure I loved it and I loved being on the team, but I wasn’t quite ready to go out and run 5 miles everyday. Heck some days if I ran 12 minute miles that was perfectly fine with me. Often I wouldn’t even run everyday, and that was perfectly fine with me. Mind you, I didn’t like coming in last every race, but I didn’t have enough drive to really do anything.
Then something happened that woke me up…..Regionals. At Regionals I wasn’t able to race due to the fact that we could only have 6 women run and I was the 7th with the slowest time. Naturally, as he should, my coach let the 6 fastest girls run. I didn’t run in Regionals.
Me and the ladies on my team freshman year ———–>
Needless to say, I was very upset. My mom had come to watch me run and I cried because of it. Then one of the girls who ran faster times than I did dropped out before a mile into the race, for in my perspective, no real good reason. It was after that race that I decided I was going to train my butt off and never not be able to run in a race again.
So I did, I started running everyday, even cross training. I entered race after race and did my own workouts both on and off the track. That year following the season I ran a 10k, my first half-marathon with Hollikins and Justin.
These races just added to my motivation. Especially when I came home ran a 5k for the first time since season and had cut 4 minutes off my time. That just showed me that my hard work was paying off so I pushed myself harder. I ran my first triathlon with my Uncle Danny towards the end of the summer.
And soon after, I learned I had a stress fracture. Once the boot was on I went home and cried… it seems like I do a lot of that. I’d been working my butt off all year in preparation for the cross-country season and it all went to waste in my eyes with my fracture. I couldn’t believe it, 2x I would have running races taken away from me.
Luckily, I followed Dr.’s orders and kept the boot on and healed quickly. And I came back into the season after missing only 2 meets. And you know what? My times were where they were when I came home and ran the first 5k of the summer.
Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to drop more time, but being able to run was a the best thing. Compared to the season before where I finished every race last on my team and last overall I was now 4th sometimes 3rd out of the women on my team to finish. I was in heaven, and this year I ran at Regionals.
Since high school I’ve grown as a runner, not just cutting my times down from before but I’ve also learned how to listen to my body and how to train. Running isn’t just a sport a I love, it’s my sanctuary. And now in a week and a half I will be running my first marathon. (Family issues might cause this to be a no go). Who would’ve thought that the slow ass girl who always finished last in High School would turn her running around and progress to run half-marathons and marathons? Certainly not me.
I’d be lying if I said I was happy where I am now and didn’t have higher goals for myself. But I think every runner does so I’m not too worried. I’ve learned a lot over the past few years and I hope to keep learning with my running.
So that’s all for now, Until later TTFN.