Confessions of a Reformed Marching Band Geek

First Confession

on August 27, 2011

So I’ve been thinking about a blog for a while now. I write articles for online magazines for work, teach, and do presentations on a regular basis so I didn’t really want to blog about work too. Seriously, a girl needs a little something else in her life! This morning I was chatting with some people and decided that this quest could be a topic all by itself!

The title of this blog comes from my answer about running. I started running two years ago in an attempt to become more healthy and lose some weight. I didn’t lose a pound from running, but found something that makes me happy. I’m not fast or graceful. I win medals from simply finishing, not from being the first across the line. When I talk to other runners I tell them that I’m a reformed marching band geek. It makes more sense when you know that most of the people I run with have been running since high school. While they were forming their technique and gaining speed, I was learning new instruments (I learned to play a brass instrument just for marching band) and memorizing drills. The only time we ran was at band camp and when we did something wrong. Like runners say, my sport is your sport’s punishment. That was totally true for me.

I’ve found some of the excitement I used to find in music performance in pushing myself past where I think I can go or pushing faster than I went before. Hearing people cheer for you even when they don’t know who you are, having perfect strangers give you water, icy towels, or drape medals around your neck while telling you how awesome you are can truly make even the worst race more enjoyable. Feeling the energy at the start of a race, allowing it to bounce through the city streets as my feet pound the pavement, knowing that all of your hard work benefits not only you but the charity that will receive money from the race you just finished brings a sense of accomplishment that I’d been missing for a while.

This will not necessarily be a running blog, but will probably come from thoughts I have while running. It certainly seems to be when most ideas come to me. Join me on the journey of finding life away from work toward finding a better balance!



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