I started this blog last July as a diary for myself and anyone else who might want to join me in my journey. Initially, my goal was to be a better runner. I was tired of slogging through pitiful 2 and 3 mile runs. Constantly getting out there and pushing myself through the same distances and not seeing any progress.
At the beginning of all of this, my ultimate goal was to run a half marathon and less than a year later, I did it. I couldn’t have been more proud of myself. I worked hard for it, and frankly, the last year has changed my life in so many unexpected ways. It look a lot of focus and a lot of discipline. As a wife and mother of one, I think the hardest part was finding the time and getting over the guilt of doing something that was just for me and ate away at time that I could have been spending with my family. Looking back, I can say that it was worth the battle. In the long run, I will be healthier for my family because of it. I will be a example for my daughter of someone who leads an active lifestyle that hopefully she will want to emulate. And I’ve even encouraged my somewhat sedentary husband to be more active. He sees me out there battling for it and it makes him feel like a slouch for all of the couch time he is logging.
One year later, I feel like a real runner. I feel balanced and accomplished and confident. And though it’s still a fight sometimes to find the time, I know now that it’s worth the sacrifice.
I’ll admit – I still don’t know if I love running, but I definitely don’t hate it. I don’t dread it like I used to and I’m rarely tempted to skip a run. I used to be a person who used a day off from work or a holiday or a birthday (or frankly anything) as an excuse to take a day off from exercise. I’m no longer that person.
For my year anniversary of blogging, I asked myself – now what? Do I find a new goal and spruce up my blog for the next adventure? What does that next adventure look like?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I have absolutely no desire to run a marathon at this point. I have several half marathons on the horizon later this year that I’m looking forward to, but I’m not going to push myself for PRs. I simply want to finish each one of those races strong. And frankly, the rest of my life is pretty dull so I don’t want to bore you with those details either. So, where does that leave me? It’s leaves me with this…
This, my friends, will be my last blog post.
I know that there are many more goals that I could reach for, but at this point, I’m happy where I am. And when I don’t really have a goal in mind, I feel like I’m just reaching for topics to blog about. When it gets to that point, blogging becomes a chore, and frankly, I have enough chores to do already.
I want to thank all of my regular readers for coming along with me on this journey! I have encountered some really great people via this blog and I look forward to continuing to follow all of you on your adventures. Maybe one day I’ll embark on another adventure to share with you, and if that’s the case, this runner girl will be back. In the meantime, I wish you all well. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your support. If you want to reach out to me, you can find me at runrunnergirlrun(at)gmail(dot)com. I’ll still be checking that e-mail address regularly.
Best of luck to you!