Saturday, November 24, 2012

What a difference three years make

I am un-apologetically me.

I have been a runner now for three years and I have come so far.

Back then....

I worried about every single little thing.
how fast I was going
how slow I was going
how fast my friends were going
how slow my friends were going
will that ache and pain turn into an injury
if I eat this that and the other, will it affect my run
what should I wear
am I a *real* runner if I do run/walk
should I listen to music
can I run 3, 6, 8, 10, 12 miles a half marathon
will I ever lose weight from running
if I miss a run, then I will be *behind* in my training
I can't do it
I don't want to do it
I won't do it

My oh my oh my.

Three years.  5 5K's,  one 5 mile Turkey Trot, 2 10K's, a mud run, a duathlon (run/bike/run) and 4 half marathons later.....I have become a much different runner from the over-analytical, too-much thinking, negative-Nelly runner that I WAS.
I love love love the runner that I am NOW.

Embracing the way I run, enjoying the outdoors, loving my body for what it is able to do and not whining bitching moaning about what it can't do.

Pushing beyond my before-perceived limits, both mentally and physically.

Embracing me for being ME.

I cannot wait to see what 2013 brings my runner self.


The Fit Fork said...

I wish it was still National Hug a Runner Day . . . okay {{{hugs}}} anyway! Loved your post

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Hellz yes!! xoxo

keli [at] kidnapped by suburbia said...

you are AMAZING!!!! Love this post SO MUCH.

Bari said...

I love everything about this post. One of these days we need to run together again!

AnnG said...

I'm so glad you love you for who YOU are! Yes, you are a fabulous YOU!!

nicole said...

Yes! I need to keep thinking like this at the front of my mind. You are an amazing runner!

Elaine A. said...

You are SO inspiring, Lisa! I love that you found a love for running and that you can look back and see how far you have come. Great post!!