Before I even start this post, let me just point out that I haven’t actually qualified for the Boston Marathon yet, but I’m training to qualify for it at a marathon in November.
I’m an avid runner. It’s what I do; it’s what I am. It’s a big part of my identity – one that I’m incredibly proud of of. I’m 24 and in grad school, and November’s marathon will be my third one since graduating from college. It’s become a part of my life, and I’m grateful for all it has given me.
That being said, I hope this doesn’t sound like another preachy running article. How it changes my life and blah blah. But ok, it’s true.
Everyone has their vices for how they deal with stress. Some people meditate, others drink beer. Some people listen to Jack Johnson’s music, others smoke cigarettes. I’m a lucky one that has a stress release as running. Happy stress, bad stress, anything in between? Running is my vice. Running gives me peace, it clears my head, and it channels my thoughts.
I’m training to qualify for the Boston Marathon because the process is such a therapeutic one for me. It’s a slot in my daily schedule. It’s a planned span of time where I can bank on sorting out whatever is going on in my head. Not only that, but for hard workouts, challenging myself and overcoming physical obstacles makes me feel strong and capable.
While I have some of why I love running figured out, there are still some reasons I can’t quite explain. Reaching for the Boston Marathon is a goal for me to work toward. It’s something I’m not entirely 100% confident that I will achieve. But even having something to reach for that isn’t a sure bet is a fun thing for me to work toward, and to prove something to myself.
So for those of you out there who hate running – that’s fine – take what you’re passionate about and set goals for yourself. Go above and beyond what you’re used to. Uncover a different layer of that passion. Let it help you find peace and let it help you be a better person. For me, that’s striving toward a Boston-qualifying time, and hopefully achieving that goal. Cross your fingers that my legs hold out!!
Written by GUADS Staff Member Kelley