Over the weekend I ran the Joe Kleinerman 10K in Central Park. The first race of the 9 +1 (9 New York Road Runner-sponsored road races and 1 volunteering credit) needed to gain automatic entry into the NYC Marathon.
I’ve done this before so it’s not new, but I never thought I’d be doing it again.
After I crossed the NYC Marathon finish line in 2008, I had already decided it would be my last time. Not because it wasn’t fun or thrilling. It was that and so much more.
But I’d trained alone and given up a huge chunk of my social life. I had no interest in doing it again.
When David told me he wanted to run the NYC Marathon and I explained how to get guaranteed entry, his eyes lit up and he gave me *that* “you’re going to do it with me, aren’t you?” look.
How could I refuse?
So that’s the plan (at least for now). Ironically, David was too sick to run the 10K on Saturday so I trekked to Central Park alone to represent. May I add that the haul from downtown Manhattan to the Upper East Side is tough on a Saturday morning in 20 degree weather? No wonder I don’t do it more often!
While I ran, I had plenty of time to think. I thought about running, mostly. About the Shape.com article I had read the day before featuring fit women who don’t run. I wondered where I’d be, who I’d be were I not a runner.
I don’t know, but this is what I do know:
- This has always been my running mantra: “The longer I run, the smaller the problems become” I saw it in Runner’s World Magazine eight years ago, tore it out and hung it up. It’s still hanging.
- Running has made me physically and mentally strong, it has carried me through some of the most difficult times in my life.
- I started running in college. It was random. I didn’t think about it too much, no couch to 5K or online research. Nobody even blogged about it then. There were no blogs. It just felt like something I should do, so I did. Thank God.
- I love running alone. Me, the road, my music and my thoughts.
- Running is where I find my inspiration for almost everything I do. It’s also where I work out most of my problems.
- I used to fear the bad runs, now I know they also make me stronger. This is a recent revelation.
- I’ve never run to race. I only run to run.
- I hope I’m still running when I’m 85.
When I took a running hiatus earlier last year I cried a lot because I didn’t know if I would find my way back. As I ran on Saturday, I reflected back on that hiatus and everything I’ve just listed above.
I wondered why I ever doubted my return.
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