Passion is one of the greatest things in life that has so many meanings and conveys something different to each and every one of us. One should never underestimate the power of passion by limiting it to only romantic love or relationships. You can be passionate towards a job or hobby, a sport, traveling the world, or even communicating, etc. Choose wisely!
Whatever yours is, You MUST follow it, dedicate your heart and soul into it, and commit as much time as you can. Now we’re talking!
One of my greatest passions is to RUN.
I am proudly 50 years old, and I am a married mother of two wonderful children. I started running very late in life. When I originally lived in Florida, I would jog across the front of the ocean over about 2 miles every week. Later when we moved to Texas, I began running with my husband and I realized I was leaving him behind being able to actually run more than the usual! One day, my cousin’s husband had a competition to run 10 miles and we came along to Support. That’s when I began to visualize actually getting to be a part of my very own race.
Going into this experience, I had no idea what my time or pace was going to be. But I started doing 3 mile runs and searching for races to attend to. That’s when after two years, we moved up to Colorado in the Mountains; where some of the mountains have altitudes of over 8,500 feet! I felt inside of me that it was the perfect place to get my practice on.
I must confess my first year in Garden of the Gods Nature trails, was very tough to complete. Running for long periods of times can be exhausting, which is why you must always envision your end goal. My most memorable year was 2015, when I ran my first Marathon! Although my time 5:06 was not over the top, I really enjoyed it and couldn’t have been prouder of myself! It was a very satisfying feeling of strength and I have only been improving ever since. I eventually worked myself up to finishing my first 10 mile run in under one hour. And this year, I ran one in 50:07 finishing in 3rd place in my category! I am not the fastest runner but I am always seeing improvement and growth each time from my last one.
My advice to you is to stride as quietly as possible. The lighter and more balanced you stay, the easier it is on your body to move forward with pace. I also use an infrared heat wrap therapy regularly and it is crucial! It works magic on my sore body and helps build me back up stronger by increasing circulation. A proper diet is of course vital in helping your body repair itself always.
Currently, I am training for an upcoming Marathon up in the Revel Rockies. It will be a downhill road race with beautiful scenery from the forests to the canyons of the Rocky Mountains and to the Foothills of Denver, Colorado. My official date is on June 11th. My trainings today consists of different strategies three times a week because of my demanding schedule, but I am giving it my all. I do one long slow day, one interval track day, and one tread climber day. I like to rest my body for a full day after each run. I also love using the App: ‘Nike-Run Club’. It’s also inspiring and more fun to call my running ‘Training’, rather than ‘Exercise’ because it reminds me of the goal I am pursuing.
My biggest challenge is that I can sometimes hurt myself when I push my running too hard. But I am managing Creatively and Inspired for being outside in nature and being Active. I absorb all the fresh energy of the beautiful world around me. I now know that I want to keep running and competing! It is such a rush and thrill. Running has improved my life in so many ways and I am always reminded of why did I not start this earlier!
I hope that by sharing my experience with you, it will remind you that you can always turn your Passion into Fun and experiment to see what it truly is you will love. Do not get discouraged by pain, because pain is only fear leaving your body! I would love to hear about your experience with running, whether is competing or just a hobby.
I invite you to challenge yourself and find your passion today!