I love running. It has become a big part of my life. However, running is not something that became a interest of mine until this past year. Perhaps it started when I made a resolution January 1, 2013 to run at least one race this year. This past Thanksgiving morning I can happily say that I can cross that resolution (as well as drinking more waster) off my list! From running in the rain, sweating it out in the heat, hitting the pavement to destress or just to tune out the world, running is something I try to incorperate in my daily life. Nike sums it up best…
We are what we believe. We believe in helping runners- fast runners, slow runners, heavy runners, skinny runners, long-distance runners and sprinters. We believe in helping middle-distance runners too. And runners from Kenya, Japan, Ohlahoma, and every other corner of this planet. We believe in the magic of Hayward Field. We believe in long Sunday runs. We believe 20 quarters under 70 is still a good workout. We believe joggers are runners. We believe in cross-country. We believe in big marathons. We believe in fun runs and jingle jogs. We believe in professional Track & Field. We believe running is therapy. We believe the smell of the starter’s gun is an aphrodisiac. We believe lactic acid is good for you. We believe that your personal best isn’t always a PR. We believe in knowing the route and running aimlessly. We believe this should be fun. We believe running in the dark, in the cold, in the heat, in the humidity, in the rain, and in the snow is part of the deal. We believe in skipping a day. We believe there is a correlation between inspiration and perspiration. We beieve in making mistakes and learning from them. We believe there is no finish line. We beleive in you. Just do it. Run.
I can’t even begin to describe all that has gone on, so please forgive the run on sentences. I turned twenty-four, my mom came to visit, we cleaned out my closet, we went shopping, we went out to lunch, we went shopping (again), we went for a walk around Chastain Park (my favorite place to run/walk, and the location for all of these pictures), I went to the pool, I got a sunburn, I updated my running wardrobe, my boyfriend and mom cooked me my favorite bday breakfast (corned beef hash), I went back blonde, we went to dinner, we drank wine, we ate dairy-free key lime pie (yum!), we consigned my old clothing, we got juices at Arden’s Garden, I caught up on sleep, I went to acupuncture, we ordered Chinese and watched a movie in bed, I went back to work, I “spring summer cleaned” my apartment, I took naps (yes, plural- something I NEVER do), I started a new book, I decided I wanted to become a runner (obviously not something that happens overnight), I bought a ticket to the Domincan Republic for July 4th, I online shopped for cover ups, I went to a BBQ… I am out of breath.
Overall, it has been a wonderful twenty fourth year filled with new clothing, exciting changes, happiness, and love.
I thank you for the time away to refresh, reset, and renew.