Lizzy’s Ode to Running
|November 4, 2010||Posted by Lauren under Guest Posts, Running|
It’s been 4 days since my marathon, and although my legs are still tired, my head is already starting to forget the pain of those 26.2. As a result, my crazy runner brain is already dreaming up plans for my next race. I think it might be a disease. 😉
In the meantime, to continue with all the marathon-love on the blog this week, I’m pretty excited to share another running story with you all! Lizzy is running the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, so it’s the perfect time to share her Ode to Running.
Hi everyone, it’s Lizzy from Food To Run For. Here is my journey from Sprinter to Marathoner.
My ode to running has been a long one; I started running competitively as a child at local track meets and went on to run track in high school and college. But I was a sprinter and there is a huge difference between running 1 lap around a track (400 meters) and running 26.2.
I’m here to tell you running has never been easy for me, but it has always been my passion. I started off running the 100 meters and ended my high school career as a successful 800 meter runner. But my favorite event? The relays. I succeeded most with teammates. Actually, my sprint medley team went to Nationals and my 4X400 team still holds the school record in both Indoor and Outdoor track. My high school team went from a losing 1-7 record my freshman year to an 8-0 record and State Champs my Senior Year. Glory days, I know.
But the truth is, I love running. I love every aspect of it. It teaches me so much about mental ability, about commitment, about passion and about desire. I’ve made so many friends through the sport and I’ve learned so many life lessons. But I have to be honest. It’s really hard for me. I wrote a few weeks ago about how the sport tortures me and it’s true. There are days I suffer through my runs and there are day that I love every second about being out there. There is something to be said about being able to lace up your shoes, put on your running clothes and just step outside the door; it’s liberating, empowering and provides a huge sense of accomplishment. And of course, my favorite part of running, is finishing.
In college, my passion for running waned and I ended up quitting my Junior year. It took me a long time to get the drive back but once I did, I couldn’t stop. After finishing my second half marathon, I was ready for a harder challenge. My running buddy (who has run 12 marathons) got into the New York Marathon and encouraged me to fundraise. I thought she was crazy. But then I thought about it. I wanted a harder challenge. So I fundraised and had a successful running summer before suffering an Achilles injury last September. I ended up deferring my number due to bad advice from doctors and a poor Physical Therapist. When I switched to a new Physical Therapist, I learned how to run through aches and pains safely and effectively. As I said, running isn’t supposed to be easy. Running is difficult and challenging even for the best athletes. But it’s that challenge that makes so many of us keep going back for more.
So here I am, about to embark on my second marathon.