#1 Answer this question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?
#2 The second thing you have to do is, pick 6 people and give them this award. You then have to inform the person that they have gotten this award.
#3 The third and final thing is, thank the person who gave you the award.
#1. I had a really hard time with this question. I made a number of decisions in high school and college that in retrospect were not “the best decision”. My high school boyfriend? Horrible decision. Where I went to college? Probably not the best fit for me. My original major? Bad idea. Some of the “fun” stuff I did in college? File under: extremely stupid. BUT! (and there always is one of those) All of those “bad decisions” eventually led me to where I am now. If I were to go back and change even one, would I have met Beer Geek? Would I still have the amazing friends that I’ve had since high school and college? Heck, would I have even ended up in the career field that I loved? Or had the
hellions darlings I call kids?
The one thing I’d change is that I would have become a focused runner much earlier. I’ve run off and on since high school Sometimes more off than on, but I’ve always come back to it. But until after Jones was born, it was just something I did for exercise. I wanted my jeans to fit. I wanted to be able to eat good food and drink good beer. Running was a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. And it wasn’t until after Shoo was born that I ran my first race. Beer Geek and I waited 7 years to have kids. Why didn’t I use some of that time to run a marathon? Or at least a 5K? Maybe if running had been a more serious part of my life, I would have run during pregnancy. Maybe I would have bounced back faster. If I had known what a crucial role running plays in my mental health, maybe I would have managed to avoid post partum depression, instead of having to run my way out of it.
I’ll never really know if things would have happened that way, but adding more running to my life earlier in my life seems like a positive change I could go back and make that would have only positive consequences.
#2 All of these women inspire me to get out there and run, even when I’m not feeling the love. They put in miles that just blow me away, all with smiles on their faces while juggling jobs/kids/husbands, etc. So I’m sending the “Cherry on Top” award to Tonia, G, RunningLaur, Marlene, Shelly, and Miss Zippy.
#3. A huge thank you to Barefoot AngieB for giving me this award. Angie inspires me in so many ways. She’s a girl after my crunchy heart (I don’t know many homebirthin’ running mamas besides her and myself LOL). If it weren’t for her, I don’t think I would have seriously contemplated the idea of running barefoot. Angie, you rock!