Happy Global Running Day to you and yours! I got my A.M. started with a jaunt around the lake before the workday. It was early and I was sleepy but due to this being a very important holiday to me (HA) I just got up and did the dang thing. Early morning workouts always do make me a little more productive with the crazy busy days and with working two jobs.
Global Running Day always makes me feel a bit more reflective and helps me to look back and think upon all of the wonderful memories I’ve created and made with this sport. Many of you readers are already aware that running really has truly changed the trajectory of my life and for that I am forever grateful. I’ve crossed paths with many incredible folks…pounded the pavement and trails and many wonderful places…and really body mind and soul it has changed me for the better.
For all of the accolades and ultra awards I’ve won…I’ve worked ultra hard for. I wasn’t your cross country/natural ability type of athlete. Quite the opposite really. And over time I’ve learned to love the art of running. I’ve learned to go with the waves…with running and with life.
I came across this quote on Pinterest I believe and it really resonated with me and how I feel about running as a whole.
It has taken me a very long time to get to the place that I am with my miles. I remember days when running encompassed my entire self worth as an individual.
Every blog post, social media post, thought in the morning was about races…miles…running friends…RUNNING. Although I hate to admit it, I cared a very great deal about how people saw me as a runner.
And to be honest, that was and still is something I am very much proud of.
It’s pretty common place to see a white middle aged male (for example) be really crazy good at marathon and ultra running. But a Black female…not so popular.
I was and still am very well aware of my accomplishments and how people see me as THAT girl. But…it does not define me like it used to.
I am now just as proud of how hard I’ve worked in the arena of broadcast journalism…leading a department and doing what I do. And also proud of my side hustle as a fitness instructor with over a decade of experience.
I’m proud of myself as a daughter and friend to many. I’m proud of how far I’ve come in realizing my self worth as an individual overcoming trauma and surviving many obstacles in life.
And I’m still here. Still moving. Still pounding the pavement. FOR ME. Not for accolades or how it looks to you or anyone else following this here blog-o-thing. Although I do appreciate any and everyone who still cares to read and occasionally comment haha. Shout out to my OG bloggers still doing the dang thing.
Running…I am still going with the WAVES. Still loving the ups and downs. Like any SOLID relationship. At the end of the day I have you in my back pocket.
Thank you, running, for proving to me how strong I am, time and time again.
Feel free to share some thoughts you have about running on Global Running Day today!