If you are a regular reader of my blog or a friend of ours you know that I’ve been on the Often Running Racing Team for the last two seasons. It’s been an amazing opportunity that I never could have even imagined possible when I started running back in 2007. Because I came from no running background being on the team had extra meaning to me and with that I put pressure on myself to always bring my best to each race.
However, over the last year my health and schedule has made it hard to get in a good training cycle. It’s affected my blogging, I’ve been a slacker in posting to the blog because I hate feeling negative and I like to keep the blog as positive as possible. Then I started to dread some of my training runs, knowing that they feel completely miserable.
So eventually I realized that I need to recognize that running may not be something I do competitively right now. I need to be able to let my running and racing happen as it fits my schedule and address my health issues. I need to fall back in love with running than it feeling like a “job” that I suck at. It was so hard to admit that this is something I’m going through and that it wasn’t going to go away with one race or a training cycle.
I respect what the team stands for and I want them to have someone who can fulfill the duties to the fullest. I look forward to seeing them at the races and cheering them on. They continue to improve and amaze me every season. Thank you to ORRT and adidas for supporting me not only in my racing seasons, but also with this difficult decision.