A better question, would be where haven’t I run? For the past couple of months my life has followed a routine that I have come to love. I call it, “Sleep, Run, Eat, Work, Eat, Yoga, Eat, Sleep, Repeat”. If it was done in pictures it would look a little like this (and yes, I actually look like that while I am sleeping if you are wondering).
Running has become a huge part of my life and has helped me learn a lot about myself that I might have never taken the time to learn. It has taught me many valuable lessons like “How to not get bored while running for hours straight” and ” How to yell at yourself so you don’t stop running.” Ha, but in all seriousness have learned many lessons. I have learned how to keep a routine even when life gets hectic, will power, stamina, how to quite my thoughts, not give up even when it gets hard and what it really means to work for something.
Running would be much harder if it was not for my running buddy Katherine, who writes the blog Sweat, Passion, and Tears, she has been a savior through this whole training process and has made it much more entertaining than if I were alone. While I am training for my multiple half marathons this year (my first is next weekend!) she has been training for the Paris Marathon, yes you should all be jealous. Not only does she get to run 26.2 miles around Paris, France she can eat amazing crepes after, I know I am jealous. Katherine and I have run many different routes around the city, each weekend it’s a new task to try and find a new route (even though Katherine is really in charge of that).
I have gone through many phases during running. Some include:
- “I need to buy everything in the running store” phase
- “I need to have at least 8 pairs of running shoes” phase
- “I will wear my leg compression sleeves even when I don’t need too” phase
- “I will eat froyo after every run” phase
- “Running in anything hot pink makes everything better” phase ( I don’t know if this one is going anywhere)
- “I will bore people who don’t run, by talking about running non-stop” phase (I think I may still be on that phase)
- And my favorite ”I like to take pictures of myself before I run” phase
Sadly I never thought I would get a chance to ever use those pictures but now I have a reason! For your viewing pleasure the short-lived phase of “Kristine Before the Run”.
I know they are very exciting. I have a feeling the only running pictures I will be taking are before and after races. So finally after all those phases, I have figured out what running means to ME and it feels great. Everyone has their own reasons for running and I promise we do not do it to torture ourselves. After the first couple of months it actually becomes fun. So that is what I have been up to for the past couple of months, and I just didn’t feel like there was anything really exciting that I should write about until now (if you didn’t think this was exciting just keep your thoughts to yourself ).
Next weekend I will be running my first half marathon, the Tinker Bell Half in Disney Land. I am very excited and I will make sure to write all about it. I have a feeling 2012 is going to be a great year!