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My Relationship With Running

My Relationship With Running

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A couple years ago I thought it would be a good idea to run a 5k race. I saw so many people posting about it on Facebook, and thought…”Hey! I should do this too!!” Except it never took. I even signed up for the Ottawa Race Weekend 5k back in 2010, and never did anything after that point really but waste the entrance fee.

So this January, I made up my ’Before I am 30 Bucket List’ and running a 5k was on it yet again! So I once again signed up for the Ottawa Race Weekend 5k, and I started running on the treadmill regularly. I would start by just running as long as I could before I felt like dying, then walk. Quickly I was able to run on the treadmill for a steady 35 minutes. I was feeling pretty good about it all! I have to say, I wasn’t enjoying the feeling while running, but I to this day love the feeling after I am done!

With many starts and stops in my training, I made it! I ran (well ran some of it anyways haha) my first 5k race with my aunt & cousin on May 26th!! Then I had signed up to run another 5k on Canada Day morning and the Army Run in September. I was feeling soooo good! Was running regularly both indoors and out, had even lost 36lbs since the New Year!! I also signed up for a 10k in October!

Then I made this pact with myself! I would give myself the week off. (I actually wrote about this break in A Running Break in July)  I was going to give myself a break - time to indulge in not so healthy foods, not really exercise, and just be. Enjoy the week! Well that was the biggest mistake that I could’ve made. Cause one week turned into 2, which turned into a month, then 2 months….you know the story I am sure! I maybe ran about 6 times since July 1st, always waking up saying Iwould run today, then of course more often than not, not do a damned thing! Then it came about a week till my most recent race - The Canada Army Run 5k this past Sunday, September 23rd. So I ran the couple days coming up to the race.

In those couple days I realized, I still didn’t overly enjoy running while actually running. But man, do I ever LOVE the feeling in my body after I am done my run! I ran more of the 5k at the Army Run (meaning very little walking) than any other race I have done. I beat my time by over 2 minutes from running that route in May! I was feeling pretty good and I did it with my 4 fellow OVM`s which felt amazing!

OVM`s pre Army Run!

But I also was very moved during this run. As I was running, we would pass injured soldiers. Soldiers in wheelchairs, soldiers running on prosthetic legs – one or both legs. Then there were family running with their lost loved ones on their backs. And it hit me. I should run because I can. Because I like the feeling of it (even if it is after the fact). I shouldn’t be running because I see everyone doing it on Facebook. Or to flaunt it (cause really, my speed is nothing to flaunt lol) or to be like someone else. Do it for me, because I am here, because I can, because my body allows it.

So I have been feeling pretty stressed about the 10k that I vowed to myself I would run in October. The morning of my 30th birthday at that. Now I am feeling ok. I haven’t changed my mind totally yet, but really, it is what it is. I may just do the 5k, or I may attempt to do the 10k and know that I haven’t trained like I should have and just accept that. Doesn’t mean I have failed. Just one of life’s lessons. If anything, come my 30th I should feel proud! I set out wanting to run a 5k before I turned 30, and I have ran in 4 organized 5k races (one was a early in May)!!! FOUR! I post my 3 bibs and 2 medals on my dresser so that I can see them everyday! I’m proud of setting out and accomplishing a goal, my own way!

If you are a runner (or into other sports/activities) what motivated you to start, and what made you stick to it!?

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Comments (4)

  1. Jenn Render Wednesday - 26 / 09 / 2012 Reply
    Hi Crystal! I think that is awesome! I have always been a "team sports" kind of person, but I really want to get into running. After reading this article, I am definately feeling inspired to go out and give it a whirl! Thanks!
  2. Crystal Thursday - 27 / 09 / 2012 Reply
    Aww that is great Jenn!! It is something that you can do with others as well, be it friends or joining a run club! Or nice to do solo too! Good luck as you start out!! :)
  3. Kate Friday - 28 / 09 / 2012 Reply
    I can totally relate. here I am months later and still haven't started up running again (after taking time off while Preggo and recovering from delivery....8 months later I don't think I'm recovering anymore!). You CAN complete the 10K, even if you're just walking think of the huge acoomplishment that is. The next time you sign up for one, maybe you will walk less, maybe you will inspire someone else to find a reason to do it. Maybe next time you will run the whole thing and surprise yourself. The energy you get from the crowds are incredible and help keep me going. Like you said yourself, do it because YOU CAN do it. Celebrate that! Keep it up, it sounds like you have a lot of support :)
    • Crystal Saturday - 29 / 09 / 2012 Reply
      Thanks so much Kate, for your kind words and for YOUR support!! :)

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