"Running has the power to change your life. It will make you fitter, healthier, even happier."
Selene Yeager, "Let's Get Started," May 2010 issue of Runner's World
When I posted about the kids first week of school, I mentioned that I was training for a half marathon. This quote made me think about my running career. When I told the kids I was training, Swim Chick said, "Oh, I thought you were just running to get some fat off of you." What kids won't say! I chuckled and said that is why I started running again, but yes I am training for something. I started to think about my running career.
I miss running with my old teams. I went to the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. I had been a cross country and track runner in high school and did not know if I wanted to do it in college. I was young and naive. Both in high school and my first year or two of college. To me school was school, it was always hard. I was not the best studier and am hoping that I am teaching my kids better habits, so they know better when they decide if they want to go to college. Anyway, I was about 110 pounds at 5 feet 3 inches on graduation day from high school. By November/Thanksgiving Break I had gained way more than the Freshman Fifteen! I was topping the scales at 130/135. I went home for the break and ran into the boy who dumped the day before I left for college. He said hello, and that I looked good, did I gain some weight? WHAT?!?! I had some choice words for him. And those that know me, would have been shocked by my choice words.
That night at the dance I decided, I had better join the track team. I grew up on a farm, ate whatever I wanted and up to that point didn't worry about my weight. I also knew that if I wanted to continue to eat what I wanted I need to run. I join this amazing team of women and ran long distance. Coming from a small farming community to the university, I was afraid to get too far from campus for fear of getting lost in town. With the track team, I found places on runs that I had heard of be never ventured out to see. It was great. I got invited to parties and no one cared if I drank with them or not. They all seemed to like that I was there. When I was about to turn 21, the legal drinking age, my track friends took me out and made sure I was safe. These women became my new family and I am greatful every day that they were there for me. I miss them.
After graduation, I continued to run. I have completed 4 full marathons in my running career. I have completed one half marathon and am currently training for another. This quote just made me feel like sharing how running has made me happier and fitter, although that is a work in progress.
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