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August 9, 2010

Guest Post: Caroline (Boston Runner)

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Today I’m quite sadly heading back to Boston.  Of course (like I said in other posts while I’ve been away) I’m writing this in advance so I can’t quite absolutely know this but: I had a blast and am sad to being heading back home and back into some stress.

But no stress & worries now! It’s Caroline’s turn to guest post (aka click that link and check her out!). While I haven’t actually met her yet (which is too bad as she’s in Boston and I’m right freaking there) I hope too later this fall at the Tufts 10k (hint hint girl 😉 )  She’s yet another awesome person, runner and blogger.  AND she wakeboards.  Yeah, you should be jealous because I sure am!

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Hi Marathon Maiden readers! It’s Caroline from BostonRunner!

It’s hard to think of Karyn’s blog and not immediately think of running long distances. So when she asked me to do a guest post while she was on vacation, I immediately knew it had to be about the first time I went on (what I considered to be at the time) a long run.

Running and I haven’t always gotten along. Growing up as a competitive athlete, I was trained to think of running as punishment. It something you had to do as a result of losing a game, not paying attention to the coach, or just the inevitable of try-outs. Running after a ball or to home plate wasn’t really running. It was just a means to an end – the way to beat the opponent to the ball or score the winning run. But running just to run? That was absurd. Or at least that’s what I thought, until sophomore year of high school when everything started to change.

For me, sophomore year was a real turning point in my life. I was not longer a kid anymore without a care in the world. Suddenly, I was faced with honors classes, overly competitive sports, heartbreak, looming college applications and SAT exams, and fights with friends. At times, it all seemed like too much to take.

It was mid-March of my sophomore year when I discovered running. Hockey season had just ended, which had been my outlet and when it ended I didn’t know what to do. Then, one afternoon after school I decided to go for a run. I had never just “gone for a run” before and I don’t know where I had gotten the strange idea. But I took to the pavement and ended up running 4 miles, the longest I had ever run before.

I remember loving every minute of it. It felt like I was running away my problems. After spending mile one with my head racing, I found that mile two, three and four where spent in complete bliss. For the first time in what seemed like forever I wasn’t thinking, I was just doing. I pushed harder and harder with each step, and each step I let go of one more thing that was stressing me out. I ran until I couldn’t run anymore, and upon returning to my house for a shower, I had my first real runner’s high.

While I didn’t jump right into running every day after that (softball season started up), I didn’t forget that feeling of running a long distance and the freedom it brought me. So two years later, when I faced another major life milestone (moving away to college) and no longer had sports to distract me, I turned to running. Since then, it’s been a bumpy road (filled with injury and frustration) but my experiences have only made me appreciate running and my body more. After overcoming injury, I found the blog world and was finally able to really embrace running. In September, I ran my first 5k and in May I was able to run my first half marathon.  “Long distance”, for me, may not be 4 miles anymore, but the feeling of running far and pushing my body to the limit is the same as that very first time.

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5 Comments »

  1. I bet a lot of “game”-athletes-turned-endurance-athletes can identify with this outlook. In my soccer and lacrosse days, running was doled out as a punishment all the time, just like Caroline mentioned. Nice guest post and I’ll definitely check out her blog!

    Comment by sweatykid — August 9, 2010 @ 17:26

  2. What a great post! I am a sophomore in high school so I definitely understand the “I’m no longer a kid!” feeling.

    ❤ jess
    xoxo

    Comment by Jess — August 9, 2010 @ 21:31

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  4. Great post Caroline 🙂 I definitely remember my first 4 mile run too- senior year of high school, I just busted it out and was so proud of myself at the end. Haha, oh running 🙂

    Comment by Kelly — August 11, 2010 @ 05:25

  5. […] Caroline wrote about her long run experience […]

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