I told myself at 11:59 December 31st 2011 that the year 2012 would be my year. 2010 left me bruised, 2011 almost left me broken, but 2012 was going to be my year and so far it has (knock on wood, cross your fingers, all that superstitious stuff.) I was promoted at work, I started this blog and was given the chance to talk and share stories with all you fine folk, and now I am training to run 5 & 10 kilometre races this year in Toronto!
I never considered myself a runner, in fact the mere thought of running left me almost dizzy. Why anyone would want to run and run and run for hours, pushing their very bodies to the brink was beyond me, until this year. Call it a Forrest Gump moment, but I just had to get up and run. From the moment my foot hit the pavement, my mind was clear. All I focused on was breathing, the pace and the road ahead of me. I wasn’t thinking about the pile of laundry waiting for me, or the stack of dishes. I wasn’t worried about clients or deadlines at work, all I needed to do was run. I came home elated, relaxed and blissful. I gave my hubby a kiss on the cheek, smiled and said “I think I like running.”
I have since joined a gym and my friend who ran a half marathon last year has graciously accepted to help train me. She is teaching me the proper technique (who knew that one foot in front of the other repeatedly wasn’t enough) and how to breathe properly (isn’t it simply inhale and exhale?) But there are other things she has shown me; Endurance, Determination and Persistence. Endurance for taking me that extra step, Determination to complete a race and Persistence to get up everyday and train. I thought I had all of these qualities simply from parenting, after all, isn’t persistence needed for potty training and bed time wars, endurance for raising a child from birth to forever and determination to parent our children right. I am learning now that there are many more correlations between running and parenting that I had previously thought and I feel like come 11:59 December 31st 2012, I will be a better parent (and runner) for it.