Confession time: I’ve lost my workout groove. The past couple of weeks have been busy and tiresome and I’ve placed undue stress on myself. I still haven’t settled my furniture issues (grr) not to mention being under the weather for most of this week. I also have a house guest to get ready for next week. The excessive heat certainly doesn’t help.
I know what I need to do in order to right the ship and that starts with being honest with myself. After Sunday’s race and PR I started thinking about my ongoing health and fitness journey. I refer to my running story a lot and revel at how in just a few short years I’ve turned this little piece of exercise into a hobby/lifestyle that is such a fixture in my life, I don’t know what I’d do without it (dramatic much?) or how I ever lived without it! The will to run is completely my own and the ability comes with practice. But I have certainly had help and support along the way for which I’m grateful.
That leads me to this… details are unimportant but just over a year ago my personal training relationship ended with a high school friend whom I reconnected with in DC. He was also a marathon runner. When we first started training I was barely able to run more than a mile without stopping. He helped me build strength and endurance, before and after surgeries, and coached me through my first half marathon. What saddened me most was the end of our friendship, but also the training and support which was important to me. In any case I remained committed to my health and fitness goals. I did get a new trainer who is marvelous and I adore. With him I have gotten that much stronger and healthier on many levels. I joke that I am like a fine wine, only getting better with age, particularly as I’ve seen improved race times. While it is ME out there putting in the miles and ME running in the races I don’t minimize the impact my former trainer and friend had on this area of my life. Each running milestone over the past year hasn’t been met without some consternation, wanting to but unable to share my success. Reconciliation is not in the cards and that’s ok. Because while I know I will never get the friendship back I can appreciate what his presence allowed me to accomplish. I have so much more to look forward to in the months ahead: finishing my 13 in 2013 challenge and beginning training for my first marathon. So awesome!! Not to mention a new project I’ve been working on which I hope to announce soon
The running / fitness community I have become a part of is simply amazing. Between new friends virtual and in person, new challenges and opportunities, being a Sweat Pink and Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador and I could go on, I am blessed beyond belief. As time passes and the months separate from what used to be I realize I have learned so much that has helped me grow as a runner, a person, and a friend. I know we all face challenges at various points in our lives but the biggest lesson is to just keep going. And since I brought it up…