If you have been following me or you have read my "Meet Lisa" page on my website, then you know that I love to run. I have been a distance runner since my Freshman year of college.
I have run 4 full marathons (26.2 miles), 6+ half marathons and tons of other races from 5Ks to 10-milers. I enjoy it. My body is just made for running long distances - I seem to have had a lot of good luck staying injury free all these years. I even had a massage therapist ask me what kind of stretches I do to keep my hamstrings so loose - I sheepishly replied, "None. I don't stretch." I venture to say he was appalled.
With my great bio-mechanics, you would think I was the cross-country queen in High School. I must have run circles around all the other girls... right? Wrong. Get this - I was afraid to run long distances in high school. Afraid. I didn't even attempt to join the cross country team. I ran track, because that is what my older sister did. I guess I thought I had to do the same thing. I ran 100m hurtles, 300m hurtles, 4x400m relay, 100m dash and I stunk! I never placed, unless you count last place - in that case, I placed every meet. I briefly tried long jump and high jump, but I stunk at those too.
Hindsight is 20/20. Once I got to college, I began running longer distances just to fight off the "Freshman 15" and before I even realized it, I was running 5K races and beyond, and placing in my age group! Sometimes I wish I could go back to High School and run cross country. I probably would have done well. In the end, though, we can't go back. What we can do is reflect and adjust. Had a ran cross country in High School, it probably would have ruined running for me all together. I would have been a victim of Freshman 30 instead of 15 and I wouldn't have run all the amazing races that I have.
So what is your lesson learned? Everyone has something interesting to say. Let's hear it!
Cheers and Happy Weekend!