Okay, after nearly 3 months back to altitude (5430’) and two disappointing races, I finally feel I’m getting my passion for running back. Sure my situation sucks right now. I’m not in school now but, owe on student loans at nearly 8% APR. I don’t have a job and I’ve tried, quite literally, everything. So, I have decided to clear some time each morning and grit through the wind or cold, go home, apply to work and apply myself as well as I can, and not really have “a purpose” in life.
Running have given me a purpose for nearly 10 years now. I began running as an escape when I was 17, as a troubled and often picked on kid. My first race ever, a track race, I left an impression on our XC coach, a multi. time state champion coach. I ran 1 year XC in high school and 5 in college.
I’ve been blessed with the opportunity that Metro State gave me. I was a two time team captain and I led the guys to their first team National Championship. The following season I won my conference’s 10k. I learned to have thick skin as the team captain and learned how to speak with my colleagues. It is important in a team situation to make your teammates confident when they are not and to enforce responsibility for wrongdoings.
I met my bestfriend and love of my life nearly 6 years ago. The first time I should have grabbed her and taken her to the stars with me, but life has a funny way of unravelling. We have been together 4 years now and she’s my biggest fan. Amy has taught me to be patient, dared me to be creative, and inspired me to be courageous everytime I’m not feeling my best.
If I had a million dollars……..
Okay, if I had just SOME dollars I’d be able to train with the BTC at 7 or 8 in the morning. I’m continuing to purse a greater understanding of all that I have learned thus far. What a year!