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“Are you a runner?”

January 6, 2010

A bit of background – I started running again last year in an effort to complete another 1/2 marathon with my sweetie.  It had been a couple of years and that’s how I roll. 

 The year before (20008) I had given up running due to continual aches and pains and I convinced myself “I’m too old – my body can’t handle it anymore.”  That was a stupid conviction.  I can run and I do.  Thank God! 

In the year off of running my body grew sluggish, my mind grew cranky, and my pants grew tight.  It sucked! 

Here is what I found; I didn’t always have enough inspiration and passion.  I would run for a year, take a day or two off that turned into a month or two and before I knew it I was working to “get back into it” and noticing that as I aged, it was taking longer.  That sucked too.  Last summer, as I was training for the Chicago 1/2, I started to hear it again “this hurts. this is boring. this is taking too long. blah. blah. blah.”  And then this happened….

I’m at the D6 Conference in September – fresh off a PR at the Chicago 1/2 – minding my own business – walking from one information booth to another trying to look like a good little Christian mommy and wife* – and trying to spark conversation with anyone and everyone in hopes that some of their greatness would rub off on me.  I kept passing a booth called Rice Bowls” – I thought “that’s a weird name” – but I was drawn back to it … over and over.  I noticed the girl in the booth and felt like I had to talk to her.  (this has happened two other times in my life – both eventually ended up being two of my best friends – watch out!)  I casually walked up to the booth without making eye contact, just fiddling with stuff asking crazy questions like, “What are rice bowls?”  she gave some crazy answer like “wah, wah wah, wah wah…” (I tend not to listen/hear when I’m surrounded by squirrels people)  “Oh. Cool.” (I’m wicked witty like that) then she said….wait for it…. “Are you a runner?”  (WHAT!?? OMG – she thinks I’m a runner – what do I do? – what do I say? I must really look good and fit and awesome!) “Uh. Yeah.”  “I thought so.”  “Why did you think so?”  Because of your necklace.”  (notice how I’m able to listen because we’re talking about me?  It’s a gift really.  If you want to talk about me – I’m in!)  You see, I had on this necklace:

and this t-shirt:

and a hat that said, “Ask me about my Running!”  (not really the hat…or the shirt…but truly the necklace) Insert nervous laugh and a “So do you run?” (again with the wit?) Yes.  Yes, she does.  Katie does run.  Katie also runs Rice Bowls.  We talked a couple more times that week.  I left that conference with a full brain and full heart and vowed to live my life, from that point forward, as the perfect Christian parent/wife/leader/etc.  Then promptly drove home and forgot most of what I had learned. 

I spent the next weekend at a craft retreat (oh how I love craft retreats) creating items for the Water4Christmas etsy shop (side note – the crafts I cussed worked so hard at sold out before any others – must have been all the love I put into them).  I heard the Water girls talk about, well, water.  I was inspired, moved, amazed, awestruck, and such.  I wanted to help.

Again, I got home and life returned to normal.  However… something in me was changing, growing, developing, and I could feel a little movement (and it wasn’t a baby).  In two weekends I had heard about starvation and lack of clean water.  I had visions of orphaned children who’s basic needs were not being met.  I had thoughts of mommies who were burrying their children because of starvation or lack of clean water.  I had the convictions of two new people in my life who were changing the world and how I am looking at it because their hearts are so HUGE!  Through it all – I ran. 

All of a sudden I got it.  I felt a nudge – more like a shove – to do two things – run & give.  It was simple but totally not me.  So I started running & giving.  I started this blog. I trained for and ran the Women’s 1/2 Marathon – recording my miles, donating $1/mile to Charity:Water and water4christmas – and continued to run through December for others

Do you know what has happened?  My running has gotten easier.  My running has gotten faster.  My running has been pain free.  And my running has meaning. 

Want to know the weirdest part?  My running is no longer about me.

I have kept in contact with my new friend Katie at Rice Bowls and I have asked her if I can run for rice for the next 3 months as I train for RnR 1/2 in Dallas and/or Birch Bay 30k.  Her answer, “Of course!”  (she’s wicked cool like that)

At this point in my life this is what I have to give.  I have my legs, my feet, my time, my energy, and my faith. 

I am working with Katie to help bring food to orphanages and starving children around the world. 

I’ll share more soon.  I’ll tell you what RiceBowls is doing to change the face of charity and the needs that I tend to forget. 

What I’m afraid of?  I’m afraid I’ll lose some of you.  What I’m sure of.  It isn’t about me.

Run on Friends!

* I struggle with being a ‘public-Christian’ – you know, the kind who use all the right lingo and who don’t laugh at dirty jokes or talk about sex? But, only in settings with 5,000 others who speak ‘clean’. 😉

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2010 11:25 am

    oh my shana.
    i.
    love.
    you.
    i have similar struggles.
    i’m horrible with the right lingo and not laughing at dirty jokes or talking about sex.
    glad i’m not alone. 🙂
    and now you are starting to inspire me to take up running again. my greatest HATE in life.
    weird.

    • Mother Runner permalink
      January 6, 2010 11:26 am

      I inspire you? This has to be a joke!
      Thanks Cass – I love you back.

  2. January 6, 2010 12:07 pm

    wow! I WANT TO DO THE RNR DALLAS!! PICK THAT ONE!! PICK THAT ONE!! WE CAN DO TOGETHER!! I WILL TRAIN HARD!! I WILL GET A PARENT TO SPONSOR THAT FOR ME!! (HUMMM, MOM-N-LAW OR MY-MOM) THAT SOUNDS AMAZING, GREAT, AND “FOR THE CURE” TOO!! THIS IS MY PLEA… “PICK ME!” “PICK ME!”

    THAT WILL HAVE ME GOOD TO GO FOR THE APRIL OKC ONE TOO! RIGHT?! (SINCE I ALREADY CHOKED OUT THAT MONEY)

    SO MY PLEA AGAIN…. “PICK ME (AKA RNR DALLAS)!! pick me!!!”

    • Mother Runner permalink
      January 6, 2010 12:52 pm

      You silly girl – it all depends on BigFoot’s swimming. If he continues to swim fast – we hang at a swim meet – if we can convince him to swim slow (through some sort of evil manipulation) then we run Dallas!

      Otherwise – you’re my go-to gal!

      • January 6, 2010 12:59 pm

        ok, i will seek out sponsorship, to plan ahead as much i can. 🙂

      • Mother Runner permalink
        January 6, 2010 1:03 pm

        go for it.
        that boy keeps swimming faster and faster!
        but i’m going to train for dallas anyway – that’s just good supportive parenting.

  3. January 6, 2010 12:50 pm

    Hmm, now don’t I feel bad that a) I don’t donate $1/mile that I run b) I always laugh at dirty jokes. You are definitely inspiring, maybe I won’t talk about sex today in your honor!

    • Mother Runner permalink
      January 6, 2010 12:53 pm

      NO! Don’t feel bad for any of that!
      I am 99.8% inappropriate and have a blast of a life – I believe the two are related.
      Please – talk about sex – and then e-mail me what you said. 🙂

  4. January 6, 2010 1:06 pm

    Hee hee, oh it was reaallllyyy dirty. Ha ha, and not “blog-comment” appropriate! Ah, who am I kidding – I’m on maternity leave, at home with my little guy, cleaning house. There’s NO sexy talk around here today!

  5. January 6, 2010 11:03 pm

    if you get me running this year then you will KNOW that God is moving me….right?
    i did work out though.
    first time in 6 months? or more? ugh.

    you are awesome.
    and fast.
    you won’t lose me….no matter what.

    • Mother Runner permalink
      January 6, 2010 11:04 pm

      stop that.
      you will not make me cry! if you do, you will know that God is moving me… 😉

  6. January 7, 2010 10:27 pm

    I can always count on you to make me laugh my friend! I love that tshirt…maybe the title9k will have another cool one this year.

    • Mother Runner permalink
      January 7, 2010 10:42 pm

      I hope. I’m rebuilding my wardrobe with technical gear from races.

  7. January 7, 2010 10:58 pm

    I feel that one can be christian and still laugh at dirty jokes and talk about sex and stuff. And also drink a glass of wine and laugh at “inappropriate” things. But I love that you are running to help others and for something bigger than yourself or losing a few pounds! And I love the Rice Bowls philosophy!! Run it girl!

    And yes, I too am a runner.

    • Mother Runner permalink
      January 7, 2010 11:02 pm

      I couldn’t agree more & I do all that stuff! Hourly. 🙂

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