My running is in a constant state of evolution. I say that because although the repetitive motion is the same, the way I live changes all the time. Because running is such a huge part of my life, that means the way I run changes too.
I used to love being in a certain camp.
Not only could I run, but I was a high carb runner.
No, now I’m a only fruit eating runner.
Oh wait, now I’m a high carb and high fat runner.
Ok, I think I just want to eat sugar, so I’m a sugar burning runner.
Ok, I hate sugar now, what’s next?
An other example, I love doing half marathons. I am a half marathoner.
Oh, she does marathons? That looks so fun! I am a marathoner!
Oh crap I’m injured, I guess I’m an ellipticaller until that gets sorted out…
Ok, healed, now I just want to be outside as long as I can, so now it’s time for ultras.
Oh my God, you want me to be on your relay team? I love going fast! I’m now a fast racer!
Whew! All these changes that have occurred in the past year make me sound like the Michael Jordan of running!
I used to think that this made me someone who needed a tribe. I used to think I wanted to conform to something, and that something better be unique. That’s weird right? I want to be part of a group, but that group better be something not normal or extreme.
What I’ve come to realize is that with both things, nutrition and running or fitness in general, is that we have seasons of change. We adapt to the things life throws at us (injury) or the new ideas we come across (fruitarian, paleo, vegan etc) and you know what, that’s awesome! I think that being open to all the different ways people live or train is what helps me become a well rounded and accepting person.
Being in a constant state of evolution with my training and life has made me realize I can never safely label myself as anything other than Ellie because Ellie today is different than Ellie tomorrow.
Would the Ellie of this past summer (when I went raw for a month) ever think that future Ellie would be trying a high fat diet? No way! Even a month ago I would have said you were nuts! I love sugar and nothing could tear me away.
Now I’m not saying anything was wrong with the way I ate then or do now, but after one type of energy made me sick to my stomach, the evolution of myself placed me in a different direction.
In terms of running, no way did I think that I would be seriously training for a fast marathon. I was all about going longer and slow and was planning my first ultra. Luckily I did not sign up because Ragnar happened and I remembered how fun it feels to go FAST! I then got an email from the Buffalo marathon, which I had deferred to this year due to injury and decided to put my eggs in that basket. I could do both speed training and have some longer stuff.
As I plan for the future now, there are a couple races I’m looking at after the marathon, and all are something I find satisfying.
I guess what I’m rambling about today is that as a runner, I am all about being me. Ellie is always changing, always an experiment of one, always improving herself and having fun.
I’m doing me.
Do you do you? Is that a sentence?
How has your running or fitness evolved over the past year?
Do you ever like being part of a group?
I’m also linking up to Coaches Corner this week!