From fears… to new goals.

4330b9478bca05274bbe385badb5deb6After finishing the Diva Dash (my first race) last September I had numerous people tell me  “Just wait- you’ll want to run longer races” And I consistently said “Oh no, I’m happy with just 5Ks. I couldn’t imagine running anything more.”

Well friends I hate to admit it – but you were right. I’m itching for more.

On sort of a “last minute decision” I decided to train for a 10K that’s happening in 5 weeks. While I had already been planning on doing some longer races over the summer, this one came up and I thought “You know what, why not?” After last week’s rant– I know myself well enough that sometimes it’s good for me to focus my energy on something else rather than getting more and more frustrated with what I’m doing. And after 8 5Ks, a part of me is dying to know “Can I run more than 3.1 miles? …I mean, just how far CAN I run if I try?” At this time last year I had just started “running”- and a year later I’m stuck in my safe little bubble of 3.1. It’s time to break out of the comfort zone.

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This summer is shaping up to be pretty busy. And SWEATY.

So I’m going to find out just how far I can run. Looking at my calendar now I realize that I MAY have set some pretty high goals for myself this summer (in an 8 week period I have 5 races scheduled including a 10K, 5 miler AND of course… T-DAY) but I’m at this place in my life where I feel if not now- when? I know I arrived semi late to the fitness/running party and am trying to catch up- and therefore I just want to try (tri?) everything.  I love this world. I so badly want to be a part of this world. I want to be taken seriously in this world. I love the endorphins. I love the gear. I love the training. The vocab I’m slowly integrating into my life. The “race morning” feeling. The abundance of safety pins. The people who wake up early for the same reasons I do now. The  friendships I have found. I love, I love, I love.

And because I love- I will spend this summer running.

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About Kathleen

When your legs get tired run with your heart.

Posted on May 8, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. You are such an inspiration! I love reading your blog!!

  2. Keep it up Kriles!!! I’ve said it a hundred times by now, but you are such a huge inspiration! xoxo

  3. Ha! The safety pins!!! I feel bad just throwing them out after a race, and so I have a massive collection clipped onto the bag I always carry on race day…like, more than a team of runners could ever possibly need!

    And by the way, you ARE part of that world already! If 5 races in 8 weeks doesn’t confirm that, I’m not sure what does.

    • Ohh, I like the idea of pins clipped on the bag… I may need to copy you!

      And sometimes I still feel like I’m in the “try out” stage – maybe after I run the 10K I’ll finally feel legit!

  4. Yes, you are part of this world. Congratulations for taking on a new distance challenge 🙂

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