The definition of trap rock is a very simple one. It is an intrusive igneous rock. Intrusive, by means of, causing a disruption or an annoyance that is unwelcome. That sounds like life sometimes, huh? I think that is why we all like to read supportive blogs like Runitlikeamom. Our reasons for reading them are also simple – we like to be inspired. Here is the story that helped me put on my shoes and tackle my own trap rock.
I loved to play soccer, therefore I ran out of necessity to train for my sport, nothing more. During my first year with Runitlikeamom, I put on a good face when I ran the 5Ks because I believed in teamwork (another great soccer quality). But when no one was looking, I would walk some of the race and would wish I was closer to the finish line.
These were my true feeling about running until Patty’s Race Of The Month post came out on the Traprock 17K. Her experiences and her pictures were…well, inspiring, but it wasn’t until I read how long the distance was (a 10.5 whopping miles) that I cringed and put the trail running idea back up on the shelf. Sometime later, Patty then shared on Facebook a 3 to 5 mile trail race that she was going to run and I decided to give it a go as a trail blazer. After that race, I knew my running journey was going to change from the roads to the trails. I had conquered my first steps up the trap rock, and now I can’t get enough of those darn annoying stones.
Our trail running group has been very consistent with getting the miles in week after week. Since my last post, several months ago, we have been through many different weather conditions like – rain, freezing rain, bitter cold (20 degrees) and even snow!
Don’t get me wrong, even though I love it, there are times that it gets hard. Last night, in the snow, was one of those times. Sometimes the body doesn’t want to do what the mind tells it. During the run my back tensed up, my legs cramped and my breathing was all over the place. I was a snowy, sweaty, mess! So, when it gets hard like that – really hard like that – I just look to my right…
And look to my left…
And then I keep going.
Throughout this past year some of the Runitlikeamom bloggers have gotten out of their comfort zones and tried something new like; Jenn’s 10Ks, Meg’s triathlon, Ellen hitting her weight goal and Sarah with her first marathon announcement – just to name a few. With all these ladies going over their own trap rocks, I thought it was my time to really take a stab at mine and bring this story full circle. So, I signed up for this year’s Traprock 17K!
I just smiled at seeing those words written down. It’s real to me now. I know that I need to train harder and run longer then I ever have in my life, but I’m excited to start. I will let you know how things are going and how I do in April. I may do well, or I may not. The reason for my post is that, with some help from my friends, I have found the challenge that I want to take to the next level. I literally found my trap rock.
So what’s yours? You don’t have to go run up a mountainside, or go jog around in the freezing rain to figure out your life’s challenges that you want to tackle. Just think of something, anything new to you, slip on those shoes, and go try it out. Let me know how it goes?
I thought it was appropriate to pay tribute to an amazing rock star after hearing of his passing this week. David Bowie was another person who ran over the trap rocks of life with fighting for racial equality and gay rights through his music. He told us to go put on our red shoes and dance.
May we all put on our red shoes and go dance in the moonlight…in the serious moonlight.