Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Back To My Roots

When I was in middle and high school, I ran track. I wasn't coordinated enough to play any other sport, but I just loved competing. I lettered every year that I ran. I quit after a recurring ankle problem and I missed it. I loved seeing how far I can push myself. I wasn't always the fastest, but I put everything I had into it. 

As a freshman in high school, I (along with three other girls) competed in our state's track meet and we won 8th place in a relay! I've never been to such a huge gathering of track runners and it was overwhelming, but we did well considering we came from a school that wasn't committed to their track program. 

This week, Ryan and I took Caleb to the same track I spent many hours on as a kid. We brought his bicycle and figured we'd get to walk a bit. Caleb's little bike got faster as we went so I decided to "race" him. To my surprise, I was actually jogging and keeping up with him without any trouble at all! 

I knew two years ago there was no way I could have done that! 

In that moment, I felt so alive. Here I was doing something that I haven't done in years. I thought my joy of running was a long forgotten memory. I ran, I didn't feel self conscious among the other runners, and I didn't hurt! 
I have spent hours running in this same lane on this same track. 

Never did I imagine I'd be chasing my little boy in that same lane. 

I never imagined I would battle with my weight like I have. I never imagined a time that I couldn't run. 

Something I realized last night is that I am free now. I am free of the weight. My brain still tells me it's all there and that I can't do some things still, but I am learning that I can again. It's a strange feeling and process. I have this new body and I'm not even sure what exactly it can do. I don't know any of my limits anymore. I don't know how far I can push, but I desperately want to find out. AN OLD SIGN WITH AN INSPIRATIONAL MOTIVATING QUOTE FROM THOMAS EDISON 24"X24" SQUARE CANVAS ART PRINT POSTER 60CM X 60CM LIMITED TIME SALE: Home & Kitchen
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I want my 6:53 mile back. 

And I am going after it because now I know I can. 


  1. Love this post. It's a great reminder that if we just set our minds to doing something and forget everything else, we can reach our goals.

  2. Congrats, Wendy! As soon as the weather cools down, I'm going to try sprinting at least 1-2 times a week. Part of the Primal Blueprint thang. :)

  3. It's funny the mental game weight loss is. The only one who can truly tell us we can't do something is ourselves! If I can now run a 5k, you can get that mile time back! Go get it girl!

  4. Congrats!!! That's awesome.

    PS-You've been nominated.



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