On a run one day, I was filled with self-doubt and had a thought pop into my head. "Own it, live it, be it". Many distance and endurance athletes, and their coaches, talk about the value of a mantra. I realized I had just found mine. Own it. Realize where you are and be good with that. If you want more, set a goal. More than that, a plan. Live it. You have dreams, goals. Live in a way to achieve them. Be it. Be who you are, striving for your goals until you are there.
Own it. Live it. Be it.
A little more about me... (and my running).
I grew up in small town Indiana. I started running in middle school because it was either join the band, or the cross-country team. I really had no idea what cross-country was, but I knew I didn't have any rhythm (still don't). Turns out, I was pretty good. Back then, there were no boys and girls teams. There was cross-country. And, I started placing near the top of, and even winning, cross-country meets. As I mentioned on the home page, that early momentum carried me through high school and a few years as a collegiate runner. Those years formed the basis of my love, my passion, for the running life. But, I did not realize the value of it until many years later.
I decided I was going to train for a marathon. I really had no idea what I was doing, but I've come to find out many people who train for, and complete, marathons don't really know what they're doing. I got hurt. Injured. The worst fate of any runner, any athlete (though I didn't really consider myself an athlete then). Sports medicine, chiropractor, no one could figure out the problem. Months passed. I couldn't run. I was walking with a limp (from being too stubborn earlier and trying to "run through it"). Finally, someone figured it out. Fixed me. I could run again. But a marathon. Never. Then April 15, 2013. Boston Marathon. Bombs? Terrorists? I, like many others, realized then that I am a runner. It defines me. Terrorists can't attack us and scare us away from what we do, what we love. I will run a marathon. I will qualify for Boston. I will run the Boston Marathon. So, my marathoning career was set in motion. I ran my first marathon in November, 2013 and missed my BQ time by less than 5 minutes. I ran my second marathon in February, 2014 and made my BQ time by over 5 minutes. Now I'm working on running a BQ marathon in all 50 states.
In my marathoning career, I have been primarily self-coached (well... with the help of my husband, so maybe not 'entirely'), only recently hiring a coach. I'm not only a runner, but a student of the science of running. And the experience. I have read many (and my husband has read even more) books on running. From autobiographies reliving the path of some of the sports' greats, to in-depth sports science. Understanding why certain training strategies work on a fundamental level. Now I feel equipped to tackle some big goals, some great goals.