I feel that I need to extend this blog into something more than just photos and songs. Not to say that I do not love more than a photo that leaves you breathless and a song that leaves you speechless, but I feel that this needs more substance to it. It is in fact called “Greater Expectations” right? (For those of you who are wondering, that name came from the Gaslight Anthem song.)
When I was in Junior High I joined our schools cross-country team. I did this mainly because I wanted to be more social and I believe my parents were making me do some extracurricular activity. All though Junior High I ran a steady 7:35 mile and I felt this was the sport for me. It meant I could compete, but against myself. If I succeeded, it was because of me, and if I failed, it was because of me as well. I think I have always been “independent” in that sense, relying on just myself for things.
I joined my High Schools cross-country team in 2003 and quit in 2004 mid-season. My best mile time was 6:03 and I ran that with a broken toe. I am against anyone who quits without finishing what they started, but at the same time I think a person needs to know when to move on. I know there were many reasons why I quit, but the main reason was because of my coach. I was the number seven runner on the team, and he only cared about the top five. I was not allowed to practice with the top five so how was I supposed to improve?
After quitting I began my teenage/early twenties of the unhealthy life-style. By no means am I fat; most people think I never eat. I guess I got the genes of being able to eat what you what when you want too and nothing happens. A large pizza at 1am, sign me up!
Last summer I felt I needed to make a change. I do not remember the exact time, or place but I do remember my friend started running. Talking to her about it brought back memories or my running days and since then I have been trying my best to run as often as possible.
I signed up for the New York City Marathon this year and I am extremely nervous to run. I am not nervous about running 26.2 miles, I can train for that, and have been training. What I am nervous about is the change of lifestyle I will have. No more late night foods, and no more late night drinking with the boys. The idea of running all that off in the morning just kills me. My life will be changing from Chinese food and fast food to salads and pastas. I also have to change my sleeping pattern. Before I was going to bed at 2am and waking up at 8am for work. Sleep will be very important for me.
This is a photo of my running shoe. I have attached some orange shoelaces in order to draw attention to childhood obesity. I believe Illinois is the only state, or one of the few states that have P.E. Class a requirement for high school kids. I wish more schools required this.
Right now by best mile time is 7:36. I guess I need to pick up the pace.