Doing it

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

etsy
Hey guys, look!  I'm doing it!

Oh?  What is it I'm doing?

I'm running.  But what's different from this time and the time before?  I am actually enjoying it.  No kidding!  I never ever, not in a bajillion years, thought I would be that person.  The person who is able to stick it out long enough to find a rocking groove at mile two and keep on truckin' after that with a smile on her face.  The person who has run so hard and sweat so much that she's cold afterward.  The person who celebrates the human spirit (and body) by allowing it to do what it has always been able to do.  I just didn't know it.  I am now the person who, instead of running for time or running for a race, is just running because I can.

Yes, I am drinking the Kool-Aid of Born to Run and the Tarahumara.  But I'm believing for the first time that I can do this and, more importantly, that I want to do it.  And it's one of the most ebullient feelings I have had in a long, long time.

Now pardon me while I go soak my body in an ice bath.

PS - You guys have seriously freaked me out with all the pencil stabbing stories you've shared from my last post, it was like an epidemic.  Never using writing implements ever again???

21 comments:

  1. Running was always was my favorite exercise

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  2. That sounds like a nice place to be--enjoying running. For me it has always been a means to an end, keeping in shape, impressing a pretty neighbor, the usual stuff. Haha! (But seriously, my mom got mad at me about the latter)

    I was a little freaked out too by the rash of pencil injuries. I'd never heard of that happening until reading your post. I had several injuries from having fun, but my scars are all work related. One is barely visible, but left me with an interesting finger print on one finger.

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  3. congrats. I just got a new pair of running shoes last week. like you I always wanted to run but never really ended up getting into it. or liking it. I simply liked the idea of being someone who runs. or looks like someone who runs. but it's been slowly changing. and eventually I got so fed up with my wanting instead of doing attitude that I ended up doing instead of wanting :) so congrats again. I like us :)

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  4. I'm jealous! I've always wanted to be a runner. I have dreams about running and I love it, but then I go and do it in real life and I absolutely hate it!

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  5. How wonderful! I enjoy running too but I just can't bring myself to go out in the Winter. I find in the colder months I do yoga but now that it's warming up I'm definitely going to get out and run more. Your post made me smile...I just published one about goals and motivation, you're such a great example of sticking to something and becoming so good at it :)

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  6. Wooohooo go Rooth! Since I got married I've gotten into a bit of a running funk (I think I might have overdone it in an effort to fit into my dress)! But I have dusted off my running shoes and am back in the game! I'm giving my computer a high five to pass on to you!

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  7. I have asthma, so I've never run more than a half a block for a bus. Even in high school, when they made us run laps around the school parking lot (it was an inner-city high school, we didn't have things like an actual track), I walked it and lied about how many laps I'd done. Just not my thing. It feels like my chest is shutting down whenever I try to. But more power to you for getting in the groove! Running is a really addictive workout, everyone I know that runs takes it really seriously.

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  8. I haaaate running. Hate it. But I must say I'm intrigued by http://thecolorrun.com/

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  9. congrats!! man i have tried getting to that place so many times *sigh* hahah

    Jessica
    http://www.jumpintopuddles.com/

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  10. I stand in awe. Pretty sure I will never be that girl.

    And you know, I can't hear/see 'Born to Run' without thinking of the YouTube video 'Sh*T Barefoot Runners Say' . . . it slays me. :)

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  11. ...so you mean there is hope for me yet? Every time I run with my husband and he's like "...isn't this great?!" I think "NO- it really isn't"

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  12. Good for you! You know, I'm actually starting to enjoy running as well! I don't think I'll ever 100% enjoy it, but it feels good. Especially if I have a buddy!

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  13. Ah, I'm so glad you reached that runner's high! It took me a while before I got there, but now that I have, I crave it. Haven't ran in a few days, actually - my body's demanding a few miles run now. ^^

    ♥ xixia | thisisxixia.com

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  14. WOW....congrats, Rooth! That's a big deal. When I was younger, I tried to be one of you guys to no avail...I guess the smoking didn't help.

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  15. That's quite admirable. I'd love to run, and I'm quite capable too if I just put my mind to it - because I have good stamina. Now, if only I could get started :)

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  16. it feels so good to run you're right !

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  17. I've never got to that stage but I'd kind of like to. You've got to get through the rubbish bit first though!

    Also, HA, bleached brows! It can look really amazing and draw attention to perfect bone structure (e.g. that beautiful model) or it can look very silly and odd (e.g. me)! X

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  18. Wow, I don't think I can ever become that woman.
    Good on you, Rooth. Make sure you keep it up!
    Ronnie xo

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