|2007- my first 10k - my superfit friend who had encouraged me to run finished the race and came back to run me in and she was merciless..."pain is temporary- move your ass."|
sometimes you have the bare essence of desire, something you think about, but not too seriously because you're not really sure if it's attainable...sometimes it becomes a compulsion and you can't go ten minutes without thinking about it...
your desire quickens
i always wanted to be a runner. i looked like a runner and was asked if i ran all the time. i started working out at 27...finally at 37 I began to run. i needed a bigger fitness challenge. i picked running because it was honest and simple.there's really no way you can fake running 5k.
i hated running but fuck it - it was efficient. best way to burn calories and get fit. i got on the treadmill and ran for 13 minutes straight. that's it. 13. i was appalled...what? i can do 2 60 min spin classes back to back and i can only last 13 measly minutes on a treadmill...well the next day i did 14. and so it went to 60 min. enough was enough.
the joy and afterglow
the joy came when i took it outside. i felt free, light and just so grateful for my heart pumping, my legs moving, and to look all around me in the early morning and see the world wake up and come to life...and i basked in that sense of peace and optimism all day. i had found my reason for running.
running has taken me to soaring heights and some pretty deep lows..passion is like that and i'd ride out even the worst knowing the high was there...in the end, running has been my steadfast companion and will always be there to remind me that life is good.even great. my blood rushes and my heart pounds, and I'm drenched in sweat - the visceral connection to life is a daily reminder of how much I have to celebrate and how little time there is.
share the love
when you see others along the same path of discovery with running, there's an instant affinity...you belong to a collective consciousness because every runner has been through the same process- each unique and yet each the same. you pass on what has worked and what hasn't and slowly people find their way.you never forgot those that gave you encouragement, a high five or a piece of advice about a race course you've never seen...and you pay it forward...
the kindness came full circle this evening...how cool is that?
Stefanie LaHart @cyberhag