I’ve been a runner since I was 12-years-old. I ran the junior high intramural one-mile race and took an overall second with 5:54—the only person that beat me was a boy! Then I ran a weekend 5k fun run. Midway through I thought I was going to die, but when I didn’t I found myself hooked on runner’s high and seeing just how far I could push my physical self.
Plus my big sister ran cross country and no female figure was cooler in my eyes. So I ran all four years of high school for the cross country team and distance events for the track and field team. Then I ran a cross country season at a little mid-west university, NAIA division.
I ran the Wasatch Back Relay two times on team “World’s Greatest Athlete” (if you haven’t seen this amazing 70’s Disney,” You gotta think!”) and two times as co-captain with a teammate from high school, “I Sold My Sister Leg To Be Here” and “I Sold My Sister’s Other Leg To Be Here” (our team was made up of mostly college students and the entry fee is fairly expensive). I’ve completed two half and two full marathons. I’ve even got conveniently hide-able Hermes wing tattoos, a combined expression of my love of running and reading and writing literature. Wait a sec—writing?
Why has it taken me so long to start a runner blog? It’s silly but, I used to have a sort of purist view to running. All you need are shoes and you’re free! Technology and running, I thought, don’t mix. But I have since discovered (since age of 12) that sports bras are a pretty amazing and crucial technology. Also that you can be tough and grin n’ bear when it comes to chaffing—but if you don’t have to, why would you?
And trying to train without a coach? Not so easy. In fact I need to stop buying Garmins for guys that keep turning into exes and get one for myself! Though I have done all the above races without one and will continue to do it tech-free for a while due to a lack of funds (recent college graduate, e.g. I’m screwed).
Well, not tech-free really, Garmin Forerunner 405-free—because I’m starting up again and I’m blogging this time. I’m pretty excited about it actually. It should be an interesting journey.
I’m starting from zero, and though running is in my blood, my body is ever growing older. I’m outta shape and have been wondering how to define myself as a runner since the college gig didn’t work out.
Ready, set, …