My Running Epiphany

After work today, I headed down to Milwaukee’s lakefront.  It was looking pretty bleak and I thought to myself, “Where are all the runners?  Am I crazy for wanting to run in this?”  Then I saw a runner and I thought okay, I’m not the only person wanting to get a run in on this freezing cold day.  Then I saw a man running in a t-shirt and shorts…he definitely won the crazy award.  

I parked at McKinley marina and started my run Lafayette hill by Alterra.  Nothing like jumping right in!  If anyone’s familiar with this hill, you know what a killer it can be.  The thing I love/hate about Chicago is that it’s so flat. Love because it’s great for speediness, hate because it gives me zero hill training.  Needless to say I had to walk for a few seconds when I was done running the hill…but hey, I ran it!  
When I set out to run today, I had no path layed out.  My initial plan was just to run, enjoy it, and look at some Christmas lights (and glimpse inside those big fancy east side houses).  I left my Garmin in the car, so I had no sense of how far I had ran since it’s been a while since I’ve ran this route.  After running for a while I found myself somewhere very familiar. 

My old stomping grounds.  It felt very nostalgic to be running around my old college campus.  It brought back lots of great memories and very little has changed in the past (almost) 4 years since I graduated.  As much as I enjoyed my time in college and the friends that I made, I’m very happy that that chapter in my life has closed.  I’ve grown up so much in the past 4 years and I can’t believe everything that I’ve accomplished after leaving school.  I must say, that I’m very proud of myself 🙂

I’ve been struggling with trying to figure out my career and path in life.  I’ve been at a job that I don’t really care for for the past 3 1/2 years and tonight, I realized that my job does not define who I am.  My career doesn’t make me any better or any worse than anyone else.  I need to remind myself of this from time to time because I have a tendency to compare myself to others who have, should I say, “fancier” careers who graduated at the same time as me.  Sure, some people might have better paying jobs with distinguished titles, but are they happy? Did they run 3 1/2 marathons in the past two years or have a beautiful wedding to a wonderful husband? Or did they get to pet a camel in Qatar or swim the Mediterranean Sea in Turkey?  Yes, I’m not where I want to be job wise, but my life has been pretty damn awesome post college graduation. 

After I circled the campus, I started to run back to my car and spotted some nicely decorated houses on one of my favorite east side roads.

FYI, these pictures don’t do these houses justice.  Mother nature can bring on the snow any day now.  I’ve been patiently waiting.  After my run, I stopped by Whole Foods and stocked up on some hotel friendly meals for the rest of the week.  I was so happy when I found a rotisserie chicken meal for one:

I decided to give glutino’s frozen macaroni and cheese a go. Verdict? Eh.  So far, I’ve been really satisfied with all of their other gluten-free products that I’ve tried, but I wasn’t loving this.  I felt like it was missing something.  Tomorrow, I’m headed west for a home cooked meal and to spend some time with the ‘rents! Enjoy the rest of your evening, I’m off to drink so tea, read and then bed.

Frozen Tundra 100 challenge update: 10.37 miles complete; 89.64 left to go!


One thought on “My Running Epiphany

  1. Kristen L. December 8, 2011 / 7:29 am

    WOW!! Congrats to you on going gluten-free. Have you noticed any positive health benefits??I noticed you moved your blog here btw. I'll update the link on my page 🙂


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