My accidental passion

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So as a few of you may know, I developed a passion for running about 3 years ago. Not intentionally, actually pretty reluctantly. I can remember my very first 5K race that I believe took me almost 40 minutes. I couldn’t run a mile to save my life. Nor did I want to.

It all started with my father inspiring me to do more. As far back as I can remember, my father has always been an over weight man and his lifestyle included smoking and lots of junk food, with diet cokes. Working a couple jobs added stress to the picture. So when he called and told me he signed up for weight watchers I was very proud of him. He started slowly with that, began running, and eventually signed up for his first race. I could hear the excitement in his voice and also how much fun he had afterwards, however I could not relate. Many races later his excitement only grew and grew for the sport. Now, he reached his goal weight plus some, has kept up with running, qualifies to run Boston 2017, and now has a healthy eating lifestyle you would think he has always had and maintained. Its amazing!

So, through his journey, he encouraged me to start running. So I did. 5K, 10K, half marathon, and a full marathon all with in the first year. Talk about busy, excited, and motivated. I now was able to feel the passion he felt after he reached the finish line. All those weeks of planning, training, healthy eating, stretching, learning about what to wear, how to approach the start line (mental), and such. Honestly, I felt like I had a second job. As a mother, wife, full-time employee, now self-employed, and kiddos at home…I was in desperate need of instruction on how to manage it all.

I was having fun and enjoying myself and wanted things to stay that way. Not wanting this new hobby to turn into overwhelm or frustration because it could have easily went that direction with all the training plans that I follow. In a few words…I Love It!!!

If you have never ran a short distance I encourage you to try it on your own. No races, no time clocks, just you believing in yourself. I truly believe that anyone can run if they so desire. When I tell people I run short and long distances I often hear, “Oh I could never do that.” Now unless you have problems with your heart, back, or knees; you can train to run any distance if your heart is in it. Ill be honest, mine wasn’t at first. But, how quickly my thoughts changed. I used to be one of those, “running is dumb” believers. I jumped off that bandwagon quickly and became devoted to training hard.

My thoughts changed, my heart changed, I didn’t compare myself against anyone else, and just went for it.

It’s been 3 years now, and as I type this I am back in training mode again. Signing up for my next marathon, yes 26.2, its time to get serious.  I’ll be 42 years old in December and I tell myself if I can be half as fast as my father when I’m his age, I will be so grateful. We have ran a couple of races together ( or should I say he slows down for me), and keeps me on my toes. He has helped me PR (personal record) a few times at the San Antonio Rock N Roll Half marathon and I would love to continue the tradition.

Now, for my father, running Boston is a dream of his and Im so proud that he qualified. I may or may not ever knows what that feels like to toe the line there, but I do know that on the day my father races, I’d like to be there to support and celebrate with him. That will be a glorious day.

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God is good. My health has remained great and as long as I am able to run, I pray I have the passion to continue. Its great exercise, helps me collect my thoughts, and is a great way to meet other runners. We have a great community for that where I live and the trails here are filled with other passionate runners young and old alike.

This blog post comes to you in my running pants, pink adidas shirt, and I am patiently waiting for a new pair of running shoes that I ordered to be delivered. So I would say that I am just a little passionate about running. If you don’t catch me in workout clothes, then you will catch me in something comfy. Thats just how I prefer lately with a cup of coffee or tea as I look out my front window at the beautiful blue clouds and slightly changing trees. It is fall. However, here is south Texas we have hot, hot, and hotter, with a tiny mix of 50’s. Not bad, but for a runner these temps can get unbearable. Sometimes I have to resort to running on the “dreadful” of get up before the sun and hot the trails. For some reason the latter is difficult for me to do.

My call to action is for you to take action. It doesn’t have to be running, perhaps walking for 30 min. a day, biking, hiking, spinning, pilates, yoga. Whatever your little heart desires but exercise does a body good. Not only the outside but I would say the internal benefits are far more important. You feel better, it helps you sleep, lowered stress, blood pressure, and cholesterol, endorphins are released which play an important role in your emotions. I know for me it has helped me be a better wife and mother. I know I am doing something for myself. Is it selfish? Absolutely not! You need to take care of yourself to be better able to support and care for those around you.

Leave me a comment and let me know what your preferred (accidental) activity is.

I believe in you,

Tyra

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