Do you ever stop and think about just who you have become?
Last Thursday at the track made me do just that. When I started running I spent almost a year on the treadmill because I was too afraid the running police would pull me over or laugh at me for not being a “real” runner (hint: there is no running police).
I swore I would never race.
Then I swore I would never do a half. Until I did my first half. As clueless as I was, as undertrained as I was, as slow as I was, I was hooked. There is really just something about the challenge of a longer distance.
God help me if I ever attempt a marathon. I finish a half and sometimes I feel great, but most often I think there is just no way I could run double that distance.
Oh sure, I know if I wanted to, I’m pretty sure I could (because, you know, I’m ambitious). Slowly, of course. Maybe painfully.
Who AM I?
Anyway, I was talking about who I’ve become.
Last week I went to the track all by my lonesome to do speed work. It was going to be a hot & humid day and I really didn’t want to do it that night (and I would still be by myself).
Only it turns out I wasn’t by myself. The high school girls’ soccer team was there, too.
I very much doubt beginner runner me would have joined them. I won’t lie: the thought of heading back home to the safety of my treadmill did cross my mind.
But darn it, I was already there (even if it was only 1 mile from my house). And the dogs already had their kongs. So I stayed.
It may have been speed work for me, but those high school girls, for the most part, were chicking me (can it be chicking if we’re both female?). Hardly shocking, since I’m slow and they’re almost 40 years younger.
The point is that running will give you confidence. The confidence to take to the track with younger, faster runners and still just do your own thing.
What AM I wearing?
I didn’t have a lot of shoes when we moved. But I’ve been a DSW premier member ever since. Every year I think there’s no way I’ll be premier again (like this year), but every year I am. Some running shoes might just help me towards that premier status, but the bulk is shoes: flats, sandals, boots, booties. You name it, I probably have it.
This year I noticed a funny thing: I don’t wear heels anywhere as often as I used to. Of course since I don’t work I’m not in an office environment. But being 5’1″, I love me a heel (within reason). Still, it seems I’m always in the midst of training and I don’t want to strain (or exacerbate) my IT band or anything else.
So I find myself in flats or low heels most of the time. Every once in a while on the weekend, when we go out to dinner, I’ll wear my heels. I always figure my shoes deserve to go out too, ya know?
And let’s talk about what I wear out & about while running. Mesh see through tops in the heat of the summer. Short shorts I swore I would never wear outside. I’m not to the sports bra and shorts stage and I really doubt I every will be, but never say never.
Running changes everything! In a good way.
Have you ever looked back & realized how much running has changed you!