I am a girl who loves mountains, changing seasons, running, true backpacking, strong coffee, and knitting with high quality yarn.
When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.
The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Why run, why train?
Why do I run? OK, I found out I love it, there are endorphins released, it’s “me”time, I like simplicity of it and the trails, I love to eat and always battle the weight problem...Why do I train? I was thinking about it this morning - obviously, I wasn’t much into training during this particular run though. I think a lot of it comes with type A personality, or being obsessive-compulsive, or a control freak. First of all, I do love to join races and see friends, whether old or make new, seeing new places. And it feels I need a valid excuse to sign up and not blow it. Like if I take a trip, I use family money, right? Guilt is quite overwhelming power...Second, having low self-confidence makes every goal in life like the last chance to prove I am worth something. Running lets me do this in respect what you put in to it, you get out. Granted, I will never become an elite runner, nor am I blessed with genetics of fast-twitch muscles and super-great body composition, not to mention I don’t have time to do it nearly enough. But you do get better as you train harder. It may slow down and even stop at some point, but will progress in some other ways. In other words, it’s a way to control some part of my life, and it depends only on me. You may study hard, but the professor doesn’t like you, or a question wasn’t supposed to be in a test - and you fail. You work hard, but things fall through (especially in my current job as a scientist), another person messes stuff up, your boss is a jerk, or simply there are no jobs around - you’re done. You love somebody with all your heart and do everything possible to show it - and don’t get loved back...happens. I could go on, you got the idea. Here, noone is to blame but myself. I like blaming myself, or taking responsibilities. It works for me. And third, certainly not last - heritage. Yes, there is much said about Soviet Union. I am not going into political discussion here, nor economical. There is one thing I know for sure. Growing up Soviet, I was taught (brain-washed if you will, but aren’t we all?) That whatever you do in life, you absolutely have to do your best, start to finish. Even if you hate it - you started it, finish it up, and finish it in a way to be proud of it, not ashamed. Work ethic...that’s exactly what it was called. May be I am applying it the wrong way, but I just can’t do anything half-heartedly. I set out to train for a certain time I think I could do - I should at least give it my best shot. Oleg says I have an extreme sense of mixed guilt and responsibility:)
Coach Lisa said I have to go for a Hagg Lake 50k as a trial, so, as much as I didn’t want to repeat this race for various reasons, I sent my application in today. She said - head down and run:) It’s a pretty run, Rob and I ran it together last year. It will be fun.
Now, I have a favor to ask. I had a comment from Anonymous last time who suggested I should give this link to MM (Marathon Maniacs, Rob and I are members of). What do you say, should I? It’s kinda personal here, not simply training plan. Do I want to share it with 250 people most of I don’t know? Well, I didn’t know you either, and now it feels like a family...but then again, you share your thoughts back with me, so it’s all good.
One last thing. We got a letter from Alex, and he is doing well. He misses us, working towards school credits and hopes to come back soon. What a relief!! Of course, I cried over, but these 5 sentences made my day so much brighter!