I look back and think about how much I used to hate running. And how over the years my thoughts towards running has changed so much. It hasn’t just been a hobby–it’s been a relationship.
I was first inspired to run because I went to college in Boston and was in awe of those who ran the marathon. I needed a hobby when I started my career and thought I would set a goal to run Boston Marathon. I ran to challenge myself to get to this goal.
I worked hard and really enjoyed seeing what I accomplished when I put in the work and dedication. I think this helped me apply the same work ethic to my job and other passions. Running became a mentor and a way for me to learn more about myself.
Then I joined a running club and running became more social. I loved running with my friends and helping each other get through the ups and downs of running.
I soon got injured because I was taking too much on. I couldn’t run for about 3 years. The first year was tough. It was that ex boyfriend that you couldn’t stop thinking about. Running was a nightmare and I was so bitter towards it.
I couldn’t live that way anymore so my mindset shifted and my inability to run forced me to be more open minded and see what else was out there. Although I hated running and was angry at it, it helped me learn that I need variety and to not pigeon hole myself into one thing.
I always knew whether or not I liked running or not after my injury–that I wanted to at least get back to it so I could prove to myself that I CAN. I tried anything and everything and finally got back to running. I ran my first marathon back. So what does running mean to me now?
I’m not obsessed with running (ok as much as before at least! haha). I am not going to get anxious if I get a PR at every race. I’m just happy to be running. I’m happy if I end a run without pain. Yes–It’s nice to and I want to get those PRs but I’m trying to enjoy the journey…enjoy the people…enjoy the down time running by myself. I also love helping others learn what running means to them and show them that anyone can run. There is no “runner”. You can all be one!
That is part of the reason Cara from Balanced Bod and I started #BalancedRunners. It’s a facebook group community where we inspire each other to run, share recipes, training tips and help each other balance life with running, nutrition and wellness. Check us out here! For those of you in Boston, we are running for the Boston Run to Remember and you can get a $10 discount code.
And come run with me this Thursday night! We will be running from the New Balance Boylston storefront (check out our facebook event here). I’ll be heading to a Kick It By Eliza event at Everybody Fights after and would love for you to join me there too!