Running didn’t become my thing until college. Distance running that is. In high school I was a hurdler and sprinter, but with reluctance, I was also on the cross country team. It wasn’t until I couldn’t handle the stress of a full time college course load while working three jobs, and trying to be an active student, that I realized running was more than physical for me. After one particularly difficult and emotional day, I decided to go for a run.
I don’t recall how far I ran, only that I didn’t stop until I was able to get my mind around the magnitude of the moment. From that first run, and I say first because I felt like I was really running for me for the first time, I was hooked. I went for many runs after that and every time I found more and more mentally clarity. Running, in many ways saved me from myself and the self-sabotage I was all too familiar with.
Throughout the years, I have vacillated between being a running fiend and taking a break from it, but I always come back, especially through the dark moments of my life. I’m grateful to have a best friend, BR, that also enjoys running. We decided long ago to participate in races to keep us motivated to run. It’s a lot more fun sometimes when you have a goal on the horizon and friend to do it with you.
Top Left: January’s Cycle for Survival
Top Right: March’s Allen Eagle Run
Bottom Left: What should have been April’s race - rainout
Bottom Right: May’s Tacos y Cerveza Run
So I knew that running and racing would be on the year of the 40 list. I didn’t start the year with the intention to run a race a month, but it’s almost become that, and it has certainly sparked my competitive vibe. The year kicked off in January with a cycle ride to raise funds for rare cancer, like the one a sweet daughter of a friend experienced in her young life. The beginning of March’s race was an annual tradition with BR, and in April when I asked cc to join us, we were rained out!! May’s race has been my favorite so far because we ran along a river and finished it with tacos and beers! We also ran into an old friend, which made it a lot more fun.
The plan for the rest of the year is to change it up a bit. Increasing mileage, trying a few trail runs and perhaps an obstacle race are ideas I have in mind. No matter what comes, I know I’ll still be out there, most likely with BR, running until my heart is content and my mind is clear. See you on the road!