Running Habit

My mom sent me this text message tonight. My dear sweet mother, who birthed and raised me, is heckling me.

It seems I’ve developed a bit of a … reputation.

In fact, I’ve run very few races this year that were actually my idea.

In fact fact, I thought that I finished my 2018 organized races when I crossed the Marine Corps finish line.

No one notified me that I was to commit to any other races.

But then I saw Athena at a Fleet Feet Run and she advised that I was going to register to be a Running Buddy at the Roanoke Valley Girls on the Run 5k on December 1st. Well, obviously I’m gonna be a running buddy. But that’s for fun. A 5k isn’t a stressful distance. So, even as I was registering, I was still done with any major stressful races in 2018.

And then I went out to eat with my running partner, and somehow ended up registered for the Star City Half Marathon.

In my defense, I was starving and there was sushi and my running partner is really cute…

Sooooo, yeah…

Star City Half has never been kind to me. I suspect that’s because it comes near the end of a long, punishing year of running. I’m going into this one with approximately four separate sources of pain. One might call them injuries. I call them Jim, Pam, Dwight, and Angela. It helps me not resent them so much. And maybe even helps me laugh a bit, which keeps me from crying.

It’s ok. I’ve come to accept that I have no control over my running world. I really knew that back when my parents placed me on Running Restriction. Of course, that obviously didn’t really take. I’ve always had a bit of a rebellious streak. I’d like to say I could quit anytime I wanted to, but I can’t. I love it and my running people too much.

And it’s not really my fault, right? I just run with a pretty badass crowd.

Incidentally, if you’re not running Star City Half, you definitely need to run or volunteer at my Central Virginia Girls on the Run Celebration 5k on November 17th. Sweet Briar College is a beautiful course to run and watching all of those girls running together and cheering about strength is powerful. Plus look at how much fun we have.

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