Over the weekend I talked quite a bit with my friends about training. A lot of my friends are runners as well and do various races throughout the year (whether it be a 5K, 15K or half marathon). We talked about the differences in training for these races but ended up finding a lot of similarities. Regardless of the distance; it is still a test of metal strength, a discipline for pacing yourself and an awareness of your body and what you are capable of achieving. Yes, the distance might vary between all of us, but we all go through the same ups and downs as runners and we all understand each other. Someone asked me if I get bored on my long runs. Truth is- yes, very bored. Sometimes I feel like the running part isn’t even the challenge, it is keeping myself entertained after the first hour. Music helps a lot. I try to always keep new music on my IPod so that when I start my run it isn’t something I have listened to a million times before (although the classic favorites aren’t so bad if you really love them). What I don’t tell people quite often is that this is my time to think. I don’t mean to analyze my diet from the day before or think about the homework I have waiting for me (although this usually creeps into my thoughts quite easily). I mean to really think about the important stuff. I think about the places I want to visit in the world and how I am going to make it happen. I think of business plans for starting my own business one day. I think of how I can help support the causes that mean the most to me. I don’t know if it is just me, but I don’t think I would ever find time in the day to think about the overall purpose of what I do everyday if I did not have this open time to reflect. I don’t like running around in circles, I like to know where I am going and to run with a purpose. I suppose, it is the same for me in life. What’s it worth if we spin our wheels day in and day out, never really focusing on the greater things we want to achieve? These thoughts of mine on long runs have occasionally turned into realized dreams. One day, while running outside in Denver, CO and realizing that I never wanted to stop I thought to myself, “…why not run a marathon?”

It is much more than the race itself. Running is simply an action that changes me from within.

Krissy
9/17/2012 09:52:02

Hello everyone. Cait & I are starting to design the t-shirts for the race October 7th. If you would like one, please send me a private message with your sizes and how many you would like. We can order kid sizes too! It would mean a lot to us if you would donate $5.00 on the blog for every t-shirt you would like for the donation to Lakewood Hospital. Let us know!!!

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    Kris Fergus is training to run Red White and Blue 26.2 in Findlay, Ohio on October 7th, 2012. Though this is not her first marathon, it is the first race in which she will run after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Training began on Monday, June 18th, and Kris will be keeping a blog to bring you with her on her journey and she will be raising money for Lakewood Hospital during the process.

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