I’m a runner. I’m a gardener.
I’ve been running for 5 years now. I came into the running scene in my late 40s, and I’ve been running ever since. When I first started running, I never would have believed that one day I would run 4 miles. After my first 4 miles, I never thought I would be able to run 6 miles. After I ran my first 6 miles, I did think I could run a half-marathon. After my first half-marathon, I started believing I could run a marathon. When I ran my first marathon, I finally believed I was a runner.
Over those five years, I ran and ran, and it took me that long to believe I was a runner. If only I would have kept that thought in my mind. Now I find myself starting over again. Although, having run a marathon, I know that I’m capable of doing it again,
Here I am. I’ve gained 20 pounds. I fell twice last year while running, which put me out for about a month. I stopped running as much as I was. I did complete a few races, but my heart wasn’t in it. And then winter came to the northeast like we haven’t seen in years. I started making excuses to stay in bed and not run. Does that still make me a runner? I think it does.
I’ve been gardening for as long as I can remember. I’m not a vegetable gardener by any means. In fact, the only vegetable in my garden right now is horseradish – more about that in later posts!
The funny thing about gardening is most plants do their best to keep growing no matter what happens. You prune them, and they come back hardier. You pick their flowers, and they push more flowers out. Winter comes and they die back, and in the spring they’re up again in all their glory.
So that’s why I’m calling my blog A Run in the Garden. These two things are so much alike. If you take care of them, treat them right, give them room to grow, and nourish correctly, you will be rewarded with good results. With running, if you stop or don’t take care of yourself, you end up with injuries, weight gain, and self-doubt. In gardening, if you don’t water, weed, or protect the plants from predators – like rabbits! – you end up with little growth, less or no flowers and weeds.
So I hope you’ll follow me on this journey as I run through my garden.