Before I get into the "meat" of this post, I need to say that I have had an awesome couple of days of running. On Saturday I had a 10 mile tempo run. I did a three mile warm up, then five tempo miles without any rest intervals, and then a two mile cool down. The tempo miles were at 6:49, 6:49, 6:47, 6:28 and 6:24. It was a really FUN run and it felt great to run faster. I easily could have run a few more tempo miles or picked up the pace on these, so that was a good feeling and it was a confidence boosting run.
Then this morning I had my last long run of this training cycle. I did 17 miles and finished with a 7:42 average pace for the run. It was 22 degrees and windier than I would have liked, but I was really happy to maintain the pace I wanted despite the wind and running a hilly route. It was another run that the pace came easily and I felt really good and strong the whole way - another confidence boosting run.
Let taper begin! Two weeks until Boston. :)
Now for the "meat" of the post.
I have had two commenters recently ask, "How do you see running affecting your passion about adoption,
international development, orphans, etc. I initially came to your blog
because that is what you wrote a lot about. It seems like as you get
more passionate about running, that stuff isn't as important?"
The short answer is that running hasn't affected my passion about adoption, international development, orphans, etc. at all. This is my running blog. I started this blog to have a place to journal and write about my running, and to connect with other runners. I share small parts of other aspects of my life and other passions, but if you are looking for me writing about adoption and orphan issues, you won't find much of that here. (Every once and a while I do. If you haven't read my post "Limits", I ask you to. I originally posted it here and then it was reposted on the Rainbowkids adoption magazine).
Several years ago I did have a very active family blog. I shared a great deal about my family, and also used the blog as a way to advocate for adoption (especially HIV+ and special needs adoptions) and used it as a way to educate others. At the time, there was literally almost no information at all available online (or anywhere else) about adopting HIV+ children and there was a huge need. Now there are countless websites, blogs, and other sources of information. I decided that I wanted more privacy for my family and have made that blog private, and now mostly use it to share more personal things with family and friends (although I have not been writing on it much lately).
At that time I felt that writing was the best way I could advocate and "do good" in the areas of adoption, etc. Now with my work I am doing different things that I think/hope are doing just as much good.
My other passions have not changed because of my running. I still work in international adoption. I still spend hours a day advocating, educating, fundraising, and being submerged in adoption, international development, orphan issues, etc. It can all be very emotionally draining, but it is what I do because I am very passionate about it and because I very much want to do good things with my life and make the world a better place in whatever small ways that I can. Running hasn't changed any of that.
Running is my release of the emotional stress of my job, of raising 12 kids, and of everything else life brings. Running is what I do to care for myself. Running, and chasing after (literally!) my running goals and dreams is the part of my life that I have carved out for me. And because of that I have more of myself to give to my husband, my children, my job, and my other passions.
For a long time all I did was give, give, give. I gave to Josh. I gave to the kids. I gave to my job. I gave much time and energy to advocating. I got burnt out emotionally. I was unhealthy physically. There was no balance. I still give, give, give (and do so happily), but I found a balance.
I don't regret what I give to others, and I don't regret my running, which is what I give to myself.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill
Running is definitely one of my passions now, as is being healthy and fit, and trying to inspire and help others to achieve that for themselves since I know how amazing it feels to do that. I enjoy writing about it and want to have a written account of my journey. I answer many messages a week from people asking for advice, help, and guidance with running, eating, etc. and do so happily. I try to encourage and inspire others through our local running group. I also have found ways to combine my passions, and have run to raise money for orphans, adoption, and children living in impoverished conditions.
This is my running blog. Most of what I write about here will be about my running. Running is very important to me and is a big part of my life, but my life has much more to it than running.
I have many passions, many loves, and many blessings in a very full, rewarding, and happy life.