Dear Diary: Run-troduction
I consider myself many things: dreamer, activist, eater, and runner. Of those many things I have running to thank for not just changing my body but my entire life.
We’ll never really remember the day we “started” running. I don’t. We’ve been running our whole lives. As toddlers we run towards the people and the things we love and want most. When we’re teenagers we run away from the things we want to escape. So, in general, we have always been running for the things we desire and away from those we don’t. For some, running will always be one of those things…the method towards or against. For a smaller community, the running becomes synonymous with self, and we begin to run for the journey and for the love of the run.
I am not an Olympian, a professional racer, or an international competitor. I'm a recreational runner with a mission to find center through movement. Let this site be your muse, your journal, your inspire-me-sometimes but judge-me-never zone.
THE HAPPY RUNNER IS THE EVERYDAY ATHLETE; FINDING BALANCE BY CARRYING SIX COFFEES WITHOUT SPILLING THEM ON THE SUBWAY, MEDITATING ON ELEVATOR RIDES, AND WEIGHT LIFTING YOUR LAPTOP AS YOUR HURDLE A PUDDLE TO MAKE YOUR 9AM MEETING. THE HAPPY RUNNER IS A COMMUNITY OF LIKE-MINDED BEAUTIFUL SOULS STRIVING TO ADD A LITTLE SENSE OF MOVEMENT AND MEDITATION BACK ON THE AGENDA.
Allow me to explain:
When I graduated from college I was in the best shape of my life. In 2010 I traded beer bottles for Brooks and trained for my first full marathon (Where my Disney princess runners at?). I balanced it with whole foods, cooked mid-afternoon and eaten in small increments throughout the day, like only a college schedule can allow for. I napped, I did two-a-days, and I still had a serious amount of fun. If reading this makes you want to furiously hurl your laptop across the room, I promise I'm not here to make you feel bad, but only to lay the scene for how different life is now.
Today, and for the past 4 years, I work an intense finance job with little room for flexibility, not to mention cultivating any type of love for health or working out. In 2013 at the end of another audit busy season it took an almost full mental and physical breakdown for me to realize the intrinsic connection between fitness and health. I stripped down everything that was important to me, took an inventory of the things that made me feel good, and started a trash pile for the things that didn't. I made 3 resolutions that year: (1) get back to running (2) join a community that gives back (3) stop making sleep optional.
Three years later I've run 10 half marathons and 2 full marathons with Sloane Kettering's Fred's team. I've developed methods for prioritizing to fit in long workouts 3-4 days a week, but most importantly stay active on even the busiest days. It's still a long work in progress, but in the community of health-loving ladies, there is endless support. I humbly hope this can be a place to inspire working girl wellness, and make YOU a happy runner. Share your stories, your struggles, and your victories.
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