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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Food for thought

Things I wish I had known about distance running:
1) You are hungry all the time! I know this sounds like a given; calories in calories out. You burn more, your body wants to replace more. It is actually very common for first time marathoners to gain weight, that I did know. But to experience it for yourself is quite odd. No one told me that I would be hungry for 4 days....! I ran 9 and a half miles on Sunday and I'm still hungry! And no one told me that you will all of a sudden crave all the good foods. I find myself constantly wanting fruit. I eat at least one banana a day, and grapefruit is a new favorite. Personally I am not hungry when I finish running and will often times simply have a small snack of cereal or a granola bar for dinner. But the next day, wow, I could eat every hour if I wanted. But I am trying to be concious of the fact that I enjoy the weight I've lost and want to keep it off!
2) You WILL at some point probably need new clothes! This might seem like a good thing, and for a girl a dream come true. Don't get me wrong, I am in no way complaining. However, new clothes can be expensive... (Sisters, you need to teach me how to shop at Goodwill!)
3) this bring me to probably what I really wish I had known more than anything: Running is EXPENSIVE! It seems so simple, just throw on a pair of your beloved tennies and take off right? Wrong! Let's see, I spent $120 on the initial class at RunOn. The turkey trot, well thanks to Dad was free. But then the running clothes, roughly $50 for a pair of pants, $30-$50 for a technical shirt and you can't wear the same ones over and over again, at some point you need extras. You need the special socks that are roughly $12 a pair. Then there's the new shoes with the special orthotics so my knees will stop hurting. Oh yes, and the $350 that I have already spent on race entry fees. Like I said, throw on some tennies and just run your way to debt.
*I must insert a disclaimer here: despite all the costs I have incurred, the outlasting benefits to my health and my life, along with the friendships I have made are priceless to me and I will continue to spend my time and money persuing the joy I have found in this wonderful, yet expensive sport.
4) Wear good socks and good shoes! As has been established, they are expensive, but believe me the initial costs far outweight any pain or future cost you might have if you don't invest in really good shoes. And something as simple as a $12 pair of socks can make or break any long run, as yes, I do speak from experience.
5) Lastly, I wish I had known sooner just how ejoyable and beneficial running could be for me. Granted, it might not have had the same impact on my life as it does now. Because today I need to run. I need it to survive. I need it move me forward, literally in all sense of the word. Forward motion is my goal. There is not necessarily a finish line yet, but there is a race and I'm going full strength ahead. And I'm learning as I go that not everything is perfect, but you just have to keep running.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My Purpose

Hebrews 12:1-3
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."

One of my most favorite passages in the whole Bible; Hebrews 12 follows the "faith" chapter. As a Christian it is so humbling to read that chapter in the Bible and think that those people are surrounding you in your own walk of faith. They have gone before us and fought a good fight. This passage speaks to me in such volume because I have spent the past several years being hindered by sin. But God is so good and allowed me to be able to break free from that entanglement. And now I am running! I am running with perseverance the race God marked for ME! It's so amazing to me to think that God loved me enough to give me a path of freedom and to give me the courage and strength to just run. I am done running away from the things that are hard and that I am afraid of. Instead, I'm going to run forward toward the reward God has for me. I'm trading my sorrows. And I'm trading my shame. And I'm laying them down for the glory of the Lord. So now I am off and running.....

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Starting Line

It all started at Run On; I think I owe them my life. My world was dark and lonely and I was just struggling to get by. I had been thru a very sad and humbling situation and I needed something to distract me. I wasn't new to this thing called running, in fact we were quite familiar. As a kinesiology major and high school athlete running was a part of my life. But I had never identified myself as a runner, although I had wanted to. So with the dream of running the 8 mile Turkey Trot I jumped in feet first to a training class. It was there I met two wonderful women that helped me run towards hope. An unlikely trio we truly are, at different stages and places in our lives, but that doesn't seem to matter when it's just us and the street. We've shared, we've bonded, we may have even cried, but once we completed that first race we knew we were stuck. We finished our class and ran our big race and then decided we can do it from here. I was kindly named the 'slave driver' for my need to be in charge (I unfortunately cannot help it). I came up with a training schedule and made them print it out. I have put mine at my desk as a daily reminder, there's might be in the trash! So we laced up our shoes and we took off. We completed a 5k recently and all had 'personal best' times. This past Sunday we achieved our longest distance yet, a 15K (9.3 miles). We all did it in under 2 hours!! Now we have in front of us a year full of half marathons, 5k's, 10k's, triathlons and even the Warrior Dash. Please follow our progress as we achieve our goals, develop new dreams and learn about ourselves as we learn from each other. Happy running!