Happy 50% off Valentine’s Day Candy Day! Yesterday marked the midway point of February which means time is ticking by and June 16 is fast approaching us for the San Francisco Marathon.
I was fortunate enough to participate in a 10k last weekend. My second one ever, to be exact. I’m always giddy on race morning and enjoy the excitement that comes with meeting new people, the camaraderie, and most of all-racing! Races are something a lot of runners live for. They give runners something to train for and presents the perfect opportunity for any runner (or walker) to show off what they have worked so hard for. So many people from so many different walks of life are represented at every race. But one thing I have to always tell myself is to run my own race.
Running your own race can be extremely hard at times. It is almost impossible not to compare yourself to those you see in Runners World, in Instagram photos, blogposts, or those you read about in other places of triumphant victories over seemingly daunting obstacles. It is easy to feel inadequate. It is easy to think that your first sub-30 5k that you busted butt for can seem so meaningless in the shadow of someone who has accomplished greater feats. It is easy to get caught up in sizing up fellow runners/walkers at the start line. Those feelings are real and they are justified. We live in a media driven society and running has become the mainstream. But still, we must remember to run our own race.
I can’t count the times I have stood at a start line and felt like all my training was a waste after looking at […]
Anybody who has ever been to a sanctioned race has been able to see all types of people. The skinny dudes in short shorts, moms with baby joggers, normal 9-5ers out bettering their health, and even people like me. Hi, my name is Kelsey and I am an overweight runner. Most races I tend to stick towards the back so that I don’t get in anybody’s way and so that I don’t get passed as much. I have been “running” off and on since my freshman year of college when I had to complete a health project that included completing a 5k. I stopped running after that but still participated in several half marathons and other various races, mostly walking the entire distance. After that I was selected for a marathon weight loss team which trained for a half while losing weight. During the program I lost almost 40 pounds and knocked 37 minutes off my half marathon time. But yet again, I stopped running. Last spring I tried out for my university’s division one rowing team and made it. The two-a-day workouts combined with early morning track sessions and afternoon long runs got me back in relatively good shape to help me complete a PR half marathon that spring. But guess what? You guessed it…I stopped running after the season was over. And I packed on the pounds I had formerly lost.
So here I am today starting from scratch. I’ve started, stopped, started, stopped, started, stopped. Learning to run again is at the top of my to-do list. I’m slow, can hardly run a mile without stopping, and I”m fat. Is that going to stop me? NO. One foot is going to go […]