I’m sure my 6th grade self is absolutely kicking herself in the butt for even saying that phrase. I joined the track team thinking I would enjoy running. I was slow, but could run longer distances than most. I was therefore slated to run the 400 and 800 (which now seems like a sprint distance). I could barely run those distances and I was usually one of the last people to cross the finish line. My only motivation was my teammate who ran the same distance often times was behind me and would throw up before or just after crossing the finish line. Honestly, that is extreme motivation to stay ahead of her.
I only competed with the track team for that one year and then decided that it was definitely not for me. I was always considered slow, even with softball and basketball and I can say that I haven’t increased my speed that much over the years. But, over time I have managed to increase my distance and I have become passionate about running.
Thus, I’m now completely bummed that I can barely get out to run even a short 800 meters. I miss putting on all my cold weather gear to hit the road or track. I miss Roy, the skunk at the park that one of the fellow 5am tracker goers named. I miss going in circles and starting to dread the same loop over and over just wondering how I can up the excitement. I miss everything about the running season.
So, what is a girl to do in the meantime? Well, I am continuing to workout with good ole Shaun T and the trainers at my gym. I’m trying to stay positive that whenever there is a nice day, to jump on the running bandwagon and even do just 2 miles. But, as soon as the weather is decent, I am pulling the jogging stroller out, bundling up my little one and hitting the track (avoid the road for obvious safety reasons). I know that Spring is just around the corner, but I need it to be mid-April already.
Come on warmer weather!!!!! In the meantime, be confident! Be fit! Be you!