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Something about Running

April 11, 2011

Last August I wrote about rising to the occasion and finding the strength to truly challenge myself. And when I say “challenge” I mean it in every sense of its definition:

  • a call or summons to engage in any contest, as of skill, strength
  • difficulty in a job or undertaking that is stimulating to one engaged in it

My “call” or “summons”, if you can even call it that, came last summer when I took a good look at myself and said, “Genevieve, it’s time to get your A into G. Enough is enough.” How many of you have had that same pep talk?

I had always been athletic all throughout middle school, high school and even college. But for some reason, when I crossed the stage to get my diploma, my athletic motivation stayed put, refusing to budge an inch. Ever since that fateful day, I’ve been struggling to regain some form of the motivation that kept me going all those years.

As time went by I got really, REALLY good at finding any and all types of excuses that would get me out of working out. Reading a book, cleaning the bathroom, doing laundry. You name it. That behavior was augmented by the fact that I, more often that not, chose to turn a blind eye to the painfully obvious.

Just completed the Raleigh Rocks Half-Marathon

After years of this unfortunate routine, my “call” came in the form of a half-marathon. That’s right, a half-marathon. They always say you have to go big or go home. I signed up for a training program (with the help of my friends) and haven’t looked back since.

Don’t get me wrong; there have been times when I’ve wanted to stop dead in my tracks. Morning’s where I’ve wanted to hide under the sheets so my roommate can’t find me and tell me its time to go run. Day’s where all I want to do is give up, throw in the towel and call it quits.

But I won’t because running has now become a part of who I am. Something about running fuels me, fires me up and let’s me go to a place I don’t often get to go.

I ran my second half-marathon this past weekend up in Raleigh. It was an unreal feeling to cross the finish line and realize how far I had come since my “Come to Genevieve” moment. I could go on and on about each step I took, the wall I hit on mile 11 and the scenery…if only to delay the moment when I have to gingerly lift myself up out of this chair. Hey, no pain, no gain right?

Setting goals can often be so much easier said than done. But sometimes it’s not the goal itself that motivates us, but rather the act of taking the plunge and venturing into the unknown that drives us.

It is important not to be limited in any capacity. – Aimee Mullins

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Beeb permalink
    April 11, 2011 8:55 pm

    Congratulations, sissie! I seriously could not be more proud of you. How lucky I am to have such a great older sister to look up to.

    • April 12, 2011 6:18 am

      Thank you SO much my darling Beeb :) It makes me so happy that you’ve started running now too.

  2. April 11, 2011 9:13 pm

    Congrats. Proud of you. Can’t imagine running down the stairs to the fridge, much less 13.1 miles. It is amazing how most of accomplishment in life is just decision backed up by commitment.

    • April 12, 2011 6:20 am

      Thanks David! I never thought I’d be able to do this and now I’m so into it :) It is an amazing feeling!

  3. April 11, 2011 9:57 pm

    Very inspirational. I was actually looking at various races around the Charlotte area to get myself motivated.

    • April 12, 2011 6:21 am

      Thanks Jessica! I did the Charlotte Thunder Road last Fall and it was a great experience – so many people, so exciting. I’d definitely recommend that one!

  4. Jeanne Olivier permalink
    April 12, 2011 8:39 am

    Hey Genevieve. You go girl.Well done!!! I know exactly the feeling you are talking about. It got me going a few years ago. third Ironman done and dusted. As for Ironman I am done with it – just a little bit too hard on my body – the running part that is. I think half-marathon distance is just about as far as I can push it. The beauty of running is the simplicity of it. I really hope you are all packing your running shoes for the holiday is SA. I would love to go for little runs in Mohlabitisi with as many of you possible – now that I see Caleigh is also running and I know your dad runs too.

    • April 12, 2011 9:14 am

      Thank you Auntie Jeanne!!! I am definitely packing my running shoes for the trips to South Africa. I just have to make sure wherever we’re running I’m not running away from a lion :) I’ve already looked at half-marathon’s for November. It’s an amazing feeling and I have to tell you how proud I am of you for your Iron Man, I can’t even imagine!!!

  5. April 12, 2011 8:52 am

    Running is very rewarding, the constant challenge makes you stronger internally. Looking forward to getting some miles in together over the summer.

    • April 12, 2011 9:14 am

      Absolutely Philip! I’d love to run together over the summer – you’re just going to have to take it easy on me :)

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