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The elusive ‘runner’s high’.

For the most part, yesterday was a nondescript day.

It was supposed to be a rest day, but because I missed Tuesday’s 30′ easy due to an upset tummy, I knew I had to get out and run.

I avoided & procrastinated like a master.  I just didn’t want to get out there.  My running experiences over the last 2 months have left me with a bad taste in my mouth.  It has been so long since I’ve been able to just go out and run, and enjoy it, that I haven’t been feeling motivated to get out there and run.

But yesterday, I knew I NEEDED a run.

My emotions have been all messed up lately thanks to our lovely Royal Canadian Navy throwing a wrench in my plans for a surprise 40th birthday party for N.   Somehow, I managed to plan a surprise, and he didn’t even know it. I had friends he hadn’t seen in a year or more coming, I had his son coming up from Washington State, I had a custom cake.  But the Navy had other plans, and they postponed his return for a week and detoured his return from Halifax through Alaska.  Yesterday should have been his return date, but that didn’t happen. So, needless to say  I was in a bit of a funk.  I’ve actually been in a funk since I found out he would be delayed.

So, yesterday, I knew I NEEDED to run.

Even knowing I needed it, I avoided it and procrastinated it.


Finally, somewhere around 8pm, I ‘spandexed up’ and headed out the door.

I fully expected this run to suck.  I fully expected the calf troubles to show up. I fully expected to feel like a slug.

But none of that happened. I just got out there and ran ‘easy’.  I actually ran easy.  And I ran for 30 minutes. 30 consecutive minutes, without stopping to stretch my calf, or catch my breath, or complain about how much it sucks. I just ran.  I haven’t done that since over a month before the marathon. It has been almost 2 months since I truly enjoyed a run!

Do you have any idea how much I needed that?

When I came back, I was on Skype with N, and I realized I was having an ‘elusive’ runner’s high!

The conversation went a little like this:

K: “woooo, I feel great, look at me, woooo” (flailing my arms in the air)

N: “what the hell is wrong with you?”

K: “wooooooo, I love the elusive runner’s  high!” (still flailing arms)

N: “What IS a runner’s high? I’ve never had one”

K: “To tell you the truth…(pause to do some math in my head)…it took my 5 years to get to the point that I feel it regularly”

N: “okay?”

K: “FIVE YEARS! I’ve been a runner for FIVE YEARS” (hands to face, hiding tears)

The conversation went on for a while, but the point here is, I have been a runner for 5 years.

Do you have any idea how big of a deal this is to me?

For me, it’s bigger than being on WeightWatchers for 6 years. It’s bigger than giving away 60lbs.  it’s bigger than having had my job for over a decade.

I have been a runner for 5 years.

That is CRAZY!

When I first laced up my shoes on October 15, 2007, I had no idea where this would take me. I had no idea what was in store for me.  When I walked in to the Running Room that night, I was terrified. And when I left that night, after my first run with my “Learn to Run”  group, I thought I’d lost my mind, and running was going to kill me!

In 2007 a 5K was out of the question.  In 2009, I ran a marathon.

Now it’s 2012 & I’ve run over 40 races, including 5 marathons and 15 half marathons.  I have set goals, crushed them, and reset them.  I have done things I never thought I would do. And you know what, I am freaking proud of myself.

It just goes to show you that you truly CAN do anything you set your mind to, as long as you believe in yourself!


So today, I want you to try something new. I want you to set a goal that scares you a little, a goal that pushes your limits, and then I want you to make a plan to achieve that goal.  Set yourself some smaller, stepping stone, goals, and work your way towards the bigger goal.

I know you can do it, I believe in you.  Do you?





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One Comment

  1. Congrats on five years! This post really makes me want to get there. Only five years minus five weeks to go. Yay!