….and My Story Runs On….
I, Lisa Pozzoni, take you, THE TRAIL, to be my partner. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.
OK, so this might be a bit of an exaggeration but I had one of those weekends of “soul” growth (as I call it) and needed a few days to put my thoughts into words….it still amazes me that I hated running and swore I would never do a half marathon and now….I’m entering an entire new realm in the running world.
Due to my 50KM training plan, I ran a total of 28.5 miles in 2 days. Although I have AHA moments all the time, several things happened in these few days that created a shift in my soul that I just had to share with you.
1. I continue to discover how running, more specifically ChiRunning, is an art. Due to my practicing of this “art”, I have accomplished things I never thought possible. Learning is also an art. Sadly, I’ve met some people that think they know everything about a subject and are not open to other possibilities. Keep learning, keep practicing and be vulnerable. Which brings me to bullet point #2….
2. Be open to learning. On Sunday, I ran 18 miles with my friends in the morning for marathon/50KM training. That night I decided to go visit some friends who were part of the Across The Years race. Have you heard of this? I thought it was completely insane! You can sign up for 24 hours, 48, 72 or 6 days and complete a 1 mile course as many times as you can or want to in that time frame (you have tent or RV, can you can some and go as you please on the course. You can take breaks, hang out with friends, etc. Basically you against the clock.) After walking a few miles with my friends, watching an 80 year old and 8 year old completing as many miles as they could/wanted to to reach a personal goal, it all made sense to me. This type of footrace was completely foreign to me and even though I was so tired that evening after the 18 miles, I drove across town to see my friends and find out what this race was all about. So glad I made that choice because it just confirmed that everyone has their own Running Story and can write it anyway they choose. I thought these people were crazy until I literally walked a few miles in their shoes….and who knows? maybe My Running Story will take me to this race some day.
3. The teacher is also the student. I’ve always known this because I love to learn so I can be a better teacher. Because of this, My Running Story is taking a turn in 2014 and I’m ready to be a student. I love this feeling of being in new territory…of being the “baby” and eager to learn this new realm of trail running but more specifically ultra running. There is such a big world out there and no matter how much you know, always be open to learning from others and yourself.
What are your 2014 running goals? Are you embarking in any new territory next year?
From My Running Story to Yours….
(if you feel inspired to share your comments, do so below…I want to hear your story too!)