For those of you who don’t follow our blog regularly, my 2014 has not been a runner’s paradise. What I missed most was having a Disney race to look forward to. I have to admit, I have serious running blues and Disney “envyitis”. So, after a very hard winter, I was so excited when my parents invited us to Myrtle Beach for almost 2 weeks! After getting back on track with Vega One Nutritional shakes, I so needed to reflect on where my running journey has taken me, where I am now and what is next.
I still feel like a rookie, only getting into serious training in February 2012. After a whirl wind year of first 5Ks, 10Ks, and 10 milers, I was eager to run my first ever half-marathon at the 2013 Disney Princess Half-Marathon. That year was so special because Jodi and I were running together, chasing a dream that most people thought we literally were cuckoo for even considering. Crossing the finish line after running 13.1 miles symbolized that I could do anything. I am a teacher and my students were so proud of me, especially as it was that special Grade 8 class that challenged me to set my own lofty goal. What is more lofty then to aspire to be a long distance runner? From couch to 5K, they supported me!
My family also benefited greatly as my husband and wee girls not only cheered their “Mama Runner” on, but also became runners themselves. Running became an activity that we did as a family and together with Princess Jodi and her family. It helped me to find balance in my life. And, most importantly, running propelled me into a healthier lifestyle, shedding almost 50 lbs.
So, where am I now? Honestly, I am in a running rut. Even in Disney movies, some fairy tales have not so royal beginnings. I even wonder if the “happily ever after part” stops short so not to expose the reality of life’s up’s and down’s. After such a tremendous journey leading to Disney Princess, I did find that I came to love running – not that I was “in love” with those long training runs! After the Disney Princess Half-Marathon, I could not fully commit to the Tinker Bell Half-Marathon for 2014 even though I wanted to run that race more than anything in the world. I did register and started to make plans to go. After a huge and disappointing withdrawal, for my fellow fairies as much as for me, I fell out of my fairy tale into real life.
But, I have realized something life-changing over the past two months about real life. Although running a Disney race was one of my greatest accomplishments and magical memories, I no longer NEED to run that race. Don’t get me wrong: I would jump at the opportunity to sparkle and shine with my fellow BAMRs at a Disney start line. But, that end goal is no longer the “be all, end all”. Tomorrow, I look forward to simply running. So, I guess the answer to my question, “Where am I now?”, is simply this: in the present. And, I am trying to run out of that rut one mile at a time.
Where am I headed? Jodi and I are like minded BRFs! We are planners and doers, as we have proven to ourselves and each other time and time again. We welcomed in 2014 with a family fun New Year’s Resolution Run. And, afterwards, we set a running course for 2014. Our next goal is the Toronto Half-Marathon during the first weekend in May. So, with 6 weeks to go, my half-marathon training starts (again) NOW. I sure am looking forward to running in the spring temperatures of Myrtle Beach!
So, for anyone out there who is in a running rut, perhaps we can motivate each other. What exactly does it take to tie those shoes up and get back in a running routine? For me, I plan on hitting the shoe sale for a new pair of Asics, setting the alarm and just running…along the beach for starters!
Back in the saddle,