Last spring I signed up for the Twin Cities Marathon (like I do every year before the price starts to escalate).
A couple months later, I decided to start my own company. Those two things don’t really mix. Which is why running became this obsession hobby that I used to do.
Sadly, Twin Cities Marathon has come and gone for 2014, and I was not amongst the tens of thousands of runners. Yes, I know how that sounds. I didn’t wake up at the crack of dawn to run 26 miles yesterday – oh woe is me. But for me, the race is symbolic of so much more. So much so that I seriously contemplated the idea of running/walking, but I listened to my gut which told me otherwise.
The last 4 months have been incredible and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Starting Modern Dogs has been the best decision I’ve ever made. While it’s been extremely rewarding, it also doesn’t leave much room for other things such as social outings or marathon training. It’s not that I’m putting in super long hours or working 24/7, but I’m the type of person who lives in my head.
My introvert brain is on overdrive and it’s difficult to shut off. I’m constantly thinking about what I should be doing next for my business and while I love challenging myself in new ways, it’s important to remember why I started doing this in the first place. I wanted to create something where I could do what I loved and have the freedom to maintain a work/life balance.
I’m bummed about not running the marathon, but it’s not like this was my first rodeo and there will certainly be more to come. If anything, being forced to sit on the sidelines was a good learning experience for me. I never feel like myself when I’m not running because it’s such a huge part of who I am. It was good to be reminded of that fact, and to put things into perspective of where I started, how far I’ve come and where I want to go in the future. In life and everything else.
To any of you out there who ran this past weekend, congrats! I hope to see you out there next year!