Monday, December 22, 2014

The Comeback Kid

It took about 2 years to get to be a 4-miles at a time runner. I fought for that distance. Ran several times a week, stretched and worked hard for it. Overcame injury. Fought back. And over the course of a few years, I did it. I could run 4 miles on a semi-regular basis. And it was good.

It took a mere 2 months to lose it all.

I don't know why I stopped running; too much other stuff to juggle, too many other priorities, too little time, no motivation. I don't know why I stopped, but I did. And today I paid the price for that, as I laced up my shoes once again and hit the pavement.

First I was all...
I'll just run a mile and then walk a little
Then I was all...
Two songs! I can make it through two songs, right?
And then...
Holy crap I'm gonna hurl
And I just gave up.

In total, I "ran" a little over a mile and a half in a little under 25 minutes. Not horrible—at least I got out there—but not what I know I'm capable of, either.

I was listening to music and searching for motivation in the lyrics as I am wont to do. And I found it in the last song that played:
I know it's hard but
You've gotta deal with it
Why don't you look around
Show me what you're made of...
Even when I let myself down, the music picks me up.
I know you tried so hard, but you can't even win
You gotta try a little harder, you're the comeback kid
You bet your ass I am.

So when you see me, that old lady, huffing & chuffing down the street with her green headphones and bright blue running shoes, don't worry. I got this.

And here's a quick playlist to get you moving.

12-2014 Run by Mari Farthing on Grooveshark


  1. Is it possible that you both motivated and unmotivated me with that post? The day after Christmas it's back to the pavement and back to the gym with me. Thanks for sharing the playlist though. I'm gonna need it! :-)

    1. Totally possible. Sounds like something I would do. :)

  2. I admire that you got out and did it. I'll also be stealing your playlist for after Christmas. I keep telling myself I've got to do something, ANYTHING! I won't be running because my knees pop like popcorn but I'll be walking.

    1. Walking is better, I think. But the running feeds a need for me. I like yoga but it's less conducive to angry music.

  3. Dang, Mari. I applaud your ability to run to Sleigh Bells. That double bass pedal gets me going too fast, and then I wear myself out super quick.

    1. Seek the minor beat you must. That is the secret to Sleigh Bells running.
      Marilyn Manson (The Beautiful People) makes me want to Prancercize.

  4. At least you didn't give up! At the "I'm gonna hurl!" I think I would have turned around and limped back home!

    1. Well, that's about where I was in my loop, Stephanie, so it worked out!

  5. Best of luck with the running! I never could pick it up, even though I tried a few times. Who knows? Maybe I will give it another shot one of these days. I am so proud of you for getting back out there!