Tuesday, February 05, 2008

passion


pas·sion
1. any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.

When I think about the word passion or passionate, many things come to mind like Sean, my family, being a good wife and mother, scrapbooking...so you may be wondering why I posted a picture of my running shoes. Well, mainly because I wanted to challenge myself to write about something I am passionate about that I may not talk about or scrapbook as much...but I would want to remember when I look back at this ten years from now!

Less than a week away from my first marathon, my thoughts turn to running. After watching Spirit of the Marathon the other night at the movies, it got me so excited and pumped up. I have never experienced anything quite like a runners high...like I get usually around mile 7 and then again around mile 14 to 15...it is truly exhilerating.

The passion I feel for this competitive sport is like non I have ever known before (even with playing volleyball, softball, basketball and golf). Like most sports you are on a team, you support each other, you help each other, but with running you are all on your own. I love that and my competitive spirit does too. I have NEVER felt such mixed emotions as I did 2 weeks ago walking to my car after running 26 miles. Feelings of accomplishment, tears of happiness (that my body physically could do that for 5 hours), a smile that just wouldn't quit, an inner strength that I had never felt before...all I can say is Wow.

So when I think of passion, yes running is my passion!

run on.

nikki

6 comments:

Charlene said...

Nikki,
Wishing you all the best for your Marathon...you are so dedicated and I know you will have a great time.
You run girl!!!!

Anonymous said...

You amaze me when it comes to this. I admire you so...this is something I could never do. Way to go girl!!!!

By the way...not rubbing it in...just trying to get myself more excited....about going.
peace
kim

kathy marie said...

love the picture, you are so dedicated and thats so cool!

Cathy Chung said...

It is great that you love running and are so passionate about it. Every weekend so far I have been thinking about you and your marathon thinking that it was that day. I just found out that it is this weekend. I will be thinking of you the whole time and will be wanting to hear how feel when you finish.
Do you need a cheering section?
Cathy

Anonymous said...

What a great accomplishment! You are going to be amazing! Karen

Anonymous said...

I am so excited for you! I am also in awe of you! 10K is my max! I remember my first triathlon and crying as I was finishing the line, it is an AMAZING accomplishment and I admire your tenacity and strength. Let's not forget your smallest just turned one! You are an inspiration to a lot of us. I truly look up to you! I have some Ironman Rub and extra Body Glide if you need it!
Cheers!