I’m Back!

Running-Reborn

First and foremost, I feel the utmost need to apologize to my followers for being absent for the past 2 + months.  I have been going through much more than I can even share on this page that you are reading right now, and please know that I appreciate ALL of the comments, criticism and suggestions that you’ve all continued to post.  I’ve always tried to respond to each and every one of you, but as you can tell I have been more than lackluster in this endeavor as of late.

As I lay in my bed with only my laptop screen illuminating the room, I will start typing the remainder of this post with as few edits as possible.  I don’t want to think; I just want to write.  I NEED to write this.  Me – curled up in a ball right now, too lazy to move the clothes from the foot of the bed whilst forming these words with subsequent keyboard strokes – I am finding myself again – the REAL me, because it’s been suppressed for quite a while.  Typing this is beyond cathartic to say the least.  Shall I commence?  Heck yea..

Besides totaling my 2 month old dream car about 2 weeks ago, my world had been turned upside down.  Everything that I have ever known for what seems like forever has been flipped inside out –  Well maybe not everything, but I’m not 100% comfortable with laying it all out here like an open book for all to see. I’m still coming to terms with this whole blogging and mixing in bits of one’s personal life, so I shall continue to teeter on this thin line, and here I shall remain – for now at least.  Please, just know I had good reason for my absence.

The remainder of these paragraphs aren’t going to be about an Android app (sorry to disappoint).  Instead I’m going to briefly talk about October 13th, 2013 – a day that I didn’t think I’d even be able to drag myself out of my bed to conquer.  I signed up for the CGI’s Perfect 10 Mile race (1st annual, all female) many months ago and looked forward to this day for quite some time.  The days leading up to it – not so much.  Still, I got up after only sleeping about 3 hours, put on my running shoes and signature hair ribbon and said, “Let’s do this.”  After all, a lot can happen in ten miles – possibilities including mental escape, acceptance, confusion and even personal achievement.  Ten miles is actually quite a long time to be alone with your own thoughts…just saying.  Even so, I wouldn’t trade this 1 Hour 43 minutes and 10 seconds for anything.

I ran this race with 2 people who are close to me.  We all finished separately, one of which was at the finish line for me.  No one else came, but that’s ok.  I know my family would have been there in a heartbeat to support me, but I made them promise to save the gas $ and opt to stay home.  You know, when running an all female race and seeing other runners’ significant others and children coming out to support them, you can’t help but want that too – well kinda.  I’m not really that needy, but it does put things into perspective.  Ok, it is so incredibly easy right now to go off on a tangent and start writing like this is a diary and it’s taking every effort not to do just that.  Instead I’m going to wrap it up.

Long story short, on this day I found out what I was really made of – the good, the not-so-good and even some bad.  I was forced to see it, so much so that it distracted me around Mile # 6 and it took me about 5 minutes to get my head back in the game so it didn’t ruin my pace.  Emotions ran (no pun intended) rampant.  Truths were realized as hard as they were to hear.  I still kinda wish they didn’t echo over and over again in my head, but still in the wake of the aftermath, the running never stopped (well maybe only at the water stations – I have been known to spill all over myself when attempting to run through them).

Thumbs up! Taken shortly after finishing.

Thumbs up! Taken shortly after finishing.

I can honestly say that these 10 miles made me a stronger woman.  This was truly a great day.  Now off to Vegas for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in November…well maybe = )

CGI Perfect 10 Mile

3 thoughts on “I’m Back!

  1. Ray

    Congrats on your 10Mile run. It’s an impressive time. I ran a half marathon on Sept 21 this year and I only managed 2h17min. Me too, as I started running, emotions and confusion (mostly confusion) resurfaced to haunt me as I suppressed them over the years. And while your car is totalled, mine was stolen just last week😦

    I’m sure you’ll do great in the half marathon should you choose to do so. And you look really good, and welcome back to blogging~

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    1. Casey Post author

      Hi Ray,

      Thanks for the welcome back! 2:17 is pretty impressive for a half actually! Congratulations is in order for you as well. Which half did you do if you don’t mind me asking? Oh no! Stolen! That’s gotta be even tougher than my situation. At least I knew where my car wound up ya know. I was able to get my things from it and such. I hope everything works out for your situation. So sorry to hear about that.

      – Casey

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      1. Ray

        It was my first half, and I trained hard for it. Mine was the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis Series” in Montreal. I guess I had expectations set up too high for myself, and I ended up walking several times because my ankles and calves were burning (I wish the burning act like combustion added propulsion to my pace😉 ).

        I loved my car, and I was leasing it for 4 years and it was only 1.5 years old. Insurance will help terminate my leasing contract, and hopefully a small compensation to me will be in order in addition to the small security deposit. At this point, either it is shipped out of the country or all of its valuable parts are stripped out. While waiting for the claims, I’m looking in what cars to get. Currently, I’m really attracted to the MazdaSpeed3 2013. What car did you have?

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