Monday, January 31, 2011

Ladies! Get off yer asses!

I saw the most amazing thing during my run the other morning. It was the beginning of a beautiful day, and there were a lot of other people out running and biking. Two of those people happened to pass me.

They were a man and woman, dressed in jeans and brown leather jackets, with matching full-suspension Wal-Mart bikes. As they passed me, I noticed he was the only one pedaling. She was holding onto his jacket getting a tow.

They were not moving very fast, so they were in my field of view for about 15 minutes. During that time she never pedaled.

This made me so sad. I thought, maybe she had: cancer; brain lesions; multiple sclerosis; a wooden leg; the flu.

Really I was sad because she was probably just lazy. What’s up with that, girls??

Why do so many of us lack the desire to push ourselves? Why do we feel justified in loafing around because our lives may be demanding in other areas? Why do we cling so desperately to the notion of comfort???

There is nothing that makes me feel more thrilled (well maybe not nothing, but let’s be dramatic here, huh) than seeing some other chick push herself like crazy. Especially when I’m trying to do the same. Maybe the competitive nature may not be altogether natural in us girls, but shouldn’t we value it all the more?

Props to all you go-getters out there.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

On the Road to Nowhere

I’m from Minnesota. Over ten years ago, my husband and I decided to follow our romantic wanderlust and see what else the world had to offer. And we discovered there were mountains. And they were good.

We moved West (with a capital W). Montana felt wild and alive to us. We spent all our free time outdoors. We got in shape, kind of on accident, so that we could enjoy the outdoors better and longer.

Eventually we moved to Portland. Things morphed, like they do over the years. We still enjoy the outdoors, and getting in shape became our big focus. Now I’m a runner. And that is easy and excellent, because Portland is awesome for running. The weather is temperate all year, the terrain is challenging and inspiring, and there are a lot of wonderful like-minded people.

Now we’re moving back to Minneapolis. I’m all grown up with a grown up job. But I’m still the same wide-eyed dreamer that left. I feel like I’m returning to something I’m not anymore, and it’s a little suffocating. I can’t envision bringing the me that I am now back into my world of then.

I know that this is not really the case, that the city can be what I make of it. And like it or not, it will not be the same as it was ten years ago. And that with different interests, I will notice things there that I took for granted before.

I know all this, but I don’t want to run in the cold.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Um, Hi Again

So, a lot has happened since my last post in May. Perhaps that's why I didn't get around to blogging about it. The long and the short (well mostly the short) ...

In January 2010, I established some incredibly lofty goals:

1. Run a 5k
2. Run a 10k
3. Run a half marathon
4. Run Hood to Coast
5. Run the Portland Marathon

I did all that. I DID ALL THAT! Well, I didn't run a 5k, but I ran an 8k. I'm crossing it off.

A couple weeks ago, I thought I'd add up all the miles from my training journal, just to see. I'm thinking, how cool would it be to have over 500 miles logged?? I ran over 1000.

2010 was such an awesome year. I had no idea I was capable of all that. I owe so much to the friends that supported and believed in me along the way.