Training Tuesday

/ Sunday, June 13, 2010

Running is a big part of my life. It's importance has amplified in the last six months. You see, I was never an 'athlete'... I was never defined as one. Yes, I played competitive tennis and my high school team won the City Championship --- but that's not the point. Me, myself, and I am NOT an athlete. I never ran during the off-season, never took 'supplements', never cared about muscle mass. I played during my high school career and THAT WAS IT.

College was a wake-up call. Along with not being an athlete, I was also metabolically challenged. Say what now? Yup, from a ripe age, I was always the horizontally challenged one in my group of beautiful friends. I woke up one day and realized this was not who I wanted to be and began the journey of becoming healthy. The journey continued... it waxed and waned, as most journeys do, but the goal was the same.

I took up running in 2008 --- after I realized I needed to kick it up a notch. I signed up for my first Half Marathon, then a Triathlon, and then a full marathon. Each successive accomplished goal surprised me. I was feeling good, but there was a thirst as well... to do better. This morning, I read this article and it made so much more sense to me. How running was more than just about losing weight... it was about life and living. The article hits on some of the things that go through my head when I run... have I chosen the right career path? Am I happy? Where am I headed? Seriously, where was I headed in this picture? Ah, yes, the finish line.

And, I couldn't have been any more happier...


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