Yeah, that was my college running. It was all about running on the weekdays so I could drink what I wanted on the weekends. It sort of worked LOL.
Running to wear my skinny clothes.
Once I was out in the real world, I just wanted to stay in my small suits. I like the way I looked and I ran purely to stay that way. I ran 30 minutes, 3 maybe 4 times a week. I have no idea how fast and never noticed distances. It was all about weight maintenance.
Running out of darkness into light.
After I had my first son, I experienced postpartum depression. At the six week point, I called my doctor to get a prescription for an anti-depressant. They couldn’t fit me in for a few days and I needed something RIGHT AWAY, so I jumped on the treadmill. I never ended up going in to the doctor as I felt improvement that very first day and after a few weeks, felt like I was able to cope again. With my second son, I started running as soon as the midwives gave me the o.k. and stopped the slide downwards before it got too bad. Even now, Beer Geek can tell when I need to get out there and run.
Late to the party. As usual.
I didn’t start running in races until Shoo was 18 months old. I had never run more than 4 miles at a time. A friend talked me into an 8K race. It was REALLY cold. I wasn’t sure I could finish it. I LOVED it and I was hooked. I can’t believe I missed the fun all these years! Now I’ve run a couple of 10Ks, a five miler, a ten miler, a half marathon and I’m training for the Marine Corps Marathon. Maybe I’ll actually place in my age bracket when I move up in a couple of years. LOL
And now I feel like I’ve added a fifth segment:
Running as a way of life.
Today, I am attending the RRCA running coach certification class. I’ve already taken care of my CPR requirement. I have a friend who coaches who wants me to coach with him. I’ve been volunteering and running with a local running store for almost a year. This week marks the two year anniversary of my first marathon. Running is no longer what I do to stay sane (ok, it does still do that). Now it is an integral part of my life and I’m taking my first steps towards making it my career.