Am I a runner?

11 years ago I was in Cross Country Running in High School.  I was not a competitive runner. I wasn’t in it to win or to beat the girls from Edina and Hopkins. I was in it for fun, to be with my friends and to force me to work out everyday. My friend Bethany and I went to the weight room a ton in high school … mostly during our senior year … but that may have been more about boys than working out. ;) I still hear Aerosmith songs and think of being down there in the basement. And…might I add that this was LONG before the new fancy Lifetime type gym at Tonka… it was kinda dark, smelly and not anything fancy.

Anyway, for the last 10 years I have really let my workouts fall by the wayside and now inching closer to 30 I realize that my body is NOT the same. I wish it was. I look at photos from my past and remember how I felt. How I felt about my body, what I wish I had and how I compared myself to others. I still do but I kick myself for not appreciating what I had. So, here I am today trying to turn back time and get back in shape.

To add to this I know that exercising and being outside will help my mood immensely and encourage me to work harder and be a better person. It’s been to long since I truly felt healthy!

So, what prompted me to write this personal post? Well, today I decided that I was going to go for a run. Well, considering it’s been a few years it was more of a walk/run! LOL. Gotta start somewhere. Well, I made it about 40 minutes and headed back home. I was feeling good and ready to keep going with the day. I walked up to our house and was looking around at the gross yard and how much work we will have to do this spring to get it all cleaned up. That will be a work out in and of itself! YIKES! I was about to walk up the steps to go  inside and I looked down and saw this smooshed into the grass:

I couldn’t believe it! It’s an Christmas tree ornament that my parents gave me in 1998! I would have been in 10th grade! It must have accidentally still been on the tree when Ryan took it out to the trash! I am so glad that I came across it and I am even more glad that I came across it today! It is a reminder to me that I am able to run and I was a runner and I can be a runner again. It will just take a lot of work.

So…. here I go.

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Becky - Loved the story, Emily!April 6, 2011 – 4:00 pm

Sisa - Awesome post! I guess this means that we will be walk/running a little this weekend? Can’t wait… for the walking part, at least! :)April 6, 2011 – 12:38 pm

Nancy - Funny, I remember that Christmas ornament! I also have fond memories of going to the cross country meets. I always wondered why they were all over the place and far, far away! Congrats on getting back into it!April 5, 2011 – 9:57 pm

C K - What a fun story…thanks for sharing it with us. Alle went for her run/walk today also!April 5, 2011 – 8:16 pm

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