Friday!!! Friday?! FRIDAY!!! Wow, it has almost been a week since my half marathon and I’m still riding on the runner’s high wave!! Luckily, I know how to surf (well, kind of), so I’m planning on riding this wave for the entire week!! Wahoo, who is with me?! Surf much anyone?! I know you guys do (you know, surf on the runners wave) because you’re all phenomenal runners!
BUT back to the regularly scheduled program!!
Before I ran races, I was a spectator!! When I first met my husband, about ten years ago, we were both extremely active:
He went to my swim meets and I went to his running races. Although I ran every now and then, I never expected to run a race, like ever because I was too happy with how my swimming was going. Isn’t it strange how everything can flip flop and change? Well, when I think back to running (when I ran for pleasure and not for the pain…just kidding), it’s strange to think how far I’ve come. I mean, I’ve recently finished a half marathon and hello, LOVED IT and hello again, will run many more (I’m sure)! I never thought (in a million, billion years) that I’d say love and half marathon in the same sentence and actually mean it, but…I just did! HORRAY!!!
The fact of the matter is that I’m a changed athlete:
I’ve learned that one sport is not enough for me (because I’m greedy! No really, I’m not, just kidding!) and that I can positively still be a great swimmer while being a great runner, too!!! Lesson learned!
WHAT LESSONS HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF?!
Soooo, what (or who) first inspired me to begin racing (in running events)?
Hmm (there’s the hmm again), I’d have to say…
Just kidding, I know for a fact that every single runner that I’ve ever physically seen cross the finish line (at a race) has in some way, shape, or form convinced me (unknowingly) to start racing!! Remember, I’ve been to lots and lots of races because of my (then) boyfriend/ (now) husband!
I can’t explain it (to the depth I’d like to explain it), but let me just say this, that swimming is a completely different sport (in and of itself) than running. Duh, right?! Seriously though, for the most part, on a day-to-day basis, when I train, I swim longer than I run. My swim workouts range from 1.5 to 2 hours a workout. BUT here is the difference…
At my swim meets, I usually swim 100 fly, 100 back, and sometimes even (GASP) 200 fly that lasts a total of about (ANOTHER GASP) two minutes!!! Haha, you’ve got to be kidding me, TWO MINUTES???!!! At the two minute mark, during a running race, I’ve barely crossed the start line, right? I mean, it’s true!
But hold the phone for a second, I’m not saying that swimming is not hard, fatiguing, and downright brutal because IT IS!! Swim meets are crazy competitive and the amount of energy you put into one (four lap) swim race is astounding. The nerves, the adrenaline, the jumping up and down before a race is all a whirlwind on its own, but it’s not an hour and a half grueling run either!!! THAT is my point!!!
Having watched my husband and thousands of other runners run to their limit of exhaustion at races was a huge eye opener for me!! I couldn’t believe their perseverance and their craving/desire/need to finish strong!! It was mind blowing!!
It was astounding to watch so many runners finish with smiles, tears, laughter, pain, and even the hope of one day PRing beyond their wildest dreams!!
I’ve experienced some really beautiful moments with my husband, too, having seen him finish many, many marathons with the hugest smile on his face! I can’t even explain how proud of him I am for all that he has accomplished both athletically and in life!!! We even call ourselves Team MK (Marc/Kristin) because we know that no matter what we will always be each other’s biggest fan!!
Okay, so I’m beginning to tear up…on that note, tell me…
WHY DID YOU FIRST START RUNNING?!