It's funny. Never in a million years did I expect to be living the life I'm living. Running really changed my life and in ways that I could've never predicted.
Back in February of 2010, I was struggling with my weight (stalled for a long time at about half way to my weight loss goal). I had just lost a sister-in-law to diabetes, was still trying to get footing on the next chapter of my career. I went in and out of bouts of depression and was having a tough time mothering my child who was difficult and often frustrated because of some of the special needs he has.
Running led me to this blog, which in turn helped me pick up jobs in the writing world. Those writing jobs helped me to put food on the table while I continued to build my film & TV business.
Running and blogging about running led me to meeting some of my best friends in the world including running buddies and Moms In Motion.
Me, meting up with fellow blogger and dear friend Jason, Angela filming - on location
at REV3 Portland Maine, filming Jen Small
When you do one positive thing in one direction, other things happen. Things fall into place without even trying. At least they have for me.
|Fall races: Top left - Rik (Jerry) Katie - Rik & Katie are the ones who started the Ragnar team!|
Top right - hubby and I, bottom - newest runner to the team, Carly, Jen S. and John H.
How did I get this lucky? All because one day back in Feb. 2010, I decided to start running.
|On location with Ragnar film runner, Allison|
The traveling makes it tricky to keep up on all the running and fitness I want to fit in - but we do our best to keep it a priority -
|Angela rocks the bike as I make the best out|
of the hotel treadmill in Kansas City, KS
And as I have learned, staying on the road, putting one foot in front of another and crossing finish lines, is what its all about.
I am so grateful. It's hard to put into words. If I had woken up with a cold, or in a different mood, or if I didn't tell a bunch of people when on a whim I decided to start running… If I hadn't immediately plunked down too much cash on a race that was too big for me… who knows who I would be and where I would be.
What other gifts has running given you?