Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The End of an Era

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have
ended up where I intended to be. ~ Douglas Adams

When I set out on the journey that led me to start this blog, I had expectations of where I was going and why. I knew what things I wanted to get from running, and felt confident that I would obtain them.

Boy was I in for a shock!

Not only did I never make it to my marathon, but the process was nothing like what I was expecting. The wealth of things that I learned about myself was unfathomable, and I got what I wanted out of the experiencing without ever reaching my perceived end point and goal.

I have learned several invaluable lessons along my journey and gotten to know myself better than I ever could have imagined.

But, after many months of soul searching, it saddens me to report that this will be my last blog post. I haven't trained for a race in well over a year. It's been a year and a half since my knee started bothering me, with no real relief in sight. And the farther away from it I get, the less I miss it.

I just don't feel like runnergirl any more.

I do miss the competition of the races. The competition with myself, that is. I miss pushing myself to get better and be better. Not just physically, but mentally as well. So, maybe one day I'll decide to take up swimming or biking.

But not now.


I'm going to start directing my energy in other directions. I used to really enjoy lifting weights at the gym, but I didn't have enough time to keep up with it and run too. So I gave it up a few years ago in lieu of running. So, my plan is to get back into that as soon as I make a firm decision on which gym I want to join.

It has been great spending an hour every weekday morning walking and talking with my mom. Which is another thing that I had given up doing in order to train for long distance races.

One of the best things to come of my journey is that I have gained a great love and appreciation for blogging, and I have every intention of continuing with it. I just feel like I need a fresh start in a new blog, where I don't feel the pressure of writing about running because that is what my reader base is expecting. I want a new forum, where I can babble about my life and the people in it without feeling like I am boring people to tears because they are expecting something running related.

So, from now on I'll be hanging out here. Stop on by and say hello!! **link removed**

Happy Running to everyone! And I'll still be lurking here and there on your blogs.

~ Runnergirl Out!