A lot has changed since I began this blog a little over two years ago. What started out as keeping track of running mileage in honor of my late mother’s life has transformed into a major life changes. I began running for myself. I liked the results so much I continued on and started this blog and a few small races here and there. I kept pushing myself into new challenges and eventually completed a marathon in 2013. There were setbacks along the way…pain and injuries, but I keep going. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this life ~ change happens. Sometimes self-made other times not so much.
Life is all about growing and at age 47 I am ready for change. I’ve been trying to write this post for months but I just didn’t have the time, energy and frankly I do miss my friends back in the Midwest. I have been associated with the United States Army for over twenty years as vet, spouse and DA civilian. I would not trade my time serving the military for anything. Like all people I’ve had good experiences and less than stellar ones with my association. But as I get older, I know there is more for me to experience and goals to achieve. So I am reinventing myself and venturing out to try something new. I no longer work for the Army and I packed up my stuff and moved to Arizona. Whew! New places, faces and challenges.
Moving is tiring and so is change. You may be asking yourself what does this have to do with running a marathon? Sort of like “hey you know I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night” therefore implying I can do anything. But…after running a marathon I know I can do anything (within reason of course). It’s not like I didn’t know that beforehand. Sometimes along the way we tend to forget we have the power to change our circumstances. You can do anything you want with the proper planning and passion. Running a marathon is a life-changing event. It’s physical, but in my opinion a more mental trial. You prepare, train and plan. You nourish your body and be disciplined to follow a regimen that will take you to completion. When the physical you doesn’t want to participate the mental you must convince that physical self to move forward. Let’s not forget the passion of will. You must have the will to succeed and finish. This is with all things in life. If you don’t like it then have the courage to change the circumstances. Stop talking and start walking. I’m not advocating everyone go out and run a marathon. Running a marathon was just a normal progression for me and I’m blessed to have been able to rise up to the challenge physically. Even more blessed that it opened my eyes to new change.
So here I sit, a new path to forge; challenges to tackle and new adventures ahead of me. It is also scary. I’m ready to test these feet in a new place. Here’s to new beginnings ~ Happy Miles to You.