I Can’t Take The Distance…..

…Except now I CAN! 

There are two types of distances I am referring to in the above statement:
 
1) Distance between Boyf and I 
2) Distance running
I can’t take the distance between boyf and I. It is coming up on a year of us being states apart. He is in Philadelphia and and I am in Virginia and it pretty much just eats me up every. single. day. that we aren’t together. I hate not being in the same state. I hate not being able to see each other after work and have dinner, simple things like that. I read about everyone on other blogs and all the things they do with their boyfriends, fiances, husbands and it just makes me sad that Boyf and I only get to share such little time together on (most) weekends. We were together for about 3 years in the same state, so being apart like this has been a huge adjustment. 
I can take the distance running. During the past (almost) year that boyf and I have been apart, I have taken up a new hobby: RUNNING. I have always been athletic, playing soccer and lacrosse in highschool and lacrosse in college, but I have always. hated. running. I used to be the fastest person on the field at one point, but it wasn’t because I ever put in time doing distance running or conditioning. It just came easy, and I was lucky. Post college I attempted to run on a few occasions just as exercise because I was packing on a few lbs. but nothing more than a mile, maybe two if I was lucky. Since boyf and I have been apart, I have picked up running alot more seriously. I have run in more races than I ever thought I would, I have run more miles than I ever thought I would, and I am ENJOYING IT more than I ever thought I would. 
Tonight I ran 7 miles in 1 hour. That is pretty freaking awesome if you ask me. I had about an 8 minute mile pace for the first 5 miles and then I slowed down a bit. I am super proud of that time and am even more excited for my upcoming runs now. 
I have the Broad Street 10-miler run coming up in less than two weeks, and the Zooma Annapolis Half Marathon a few short weeks after that. These are two seriously challenging runs, and I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited to participate in them. I am just not sure I would have gotten to this point if it hadn’t been for the distance. 
I hate the distance between boyf and I, but I am currently in love with running. 
The distance between boyf and I will (HOPEFULLY) soon come to an end, but my running will not. And I am excited about that, and proud of myself for how far I have come. 

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4 Comments

  • Reply inmytummy April 21, 2009 at 3:21 am

    Are you going to be living in the same city soon? I didn’t realize you were in Va. I’m originally from Bethesda, Md.

  • Reply dailygoods April 21, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    im in a long distance relationship too! its so hard sometimes, but you will be closer soon! also, was the SAME way about running, played sports forever but always hated to run. so excited you’ll be running the zooma 10k too! 🙂 7 miles in 1 hr? YOU ARE FAST!

  • Reply Michelle April 22, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    I know your hurting about your boyf. Everything will work out in the end–just be patient and trust in love. I WILL FUCKING miss you when you and chuckles meet again, but you will be just a drive away–and I guess your happiness is more important than mine….on a different note:

    Cant wait to hangout tomorrow night. Free food, drink and stuff!! Wait, who is the cool friend who told you about this??? Oh wait, thats ME!!

  • Reply Wiggs (The Beholder) April 23, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Holy crumb, 7 miles in under an hour is balls o’clock fast. I can’t even do 6 miles in an hour. Dammit.

    I feel your pain on the long distance. It’s really, really hard. But there are two silver linings, I think: 1) you appreciate the boyf and your time together so, so much more, and 2) unlike in college, long-term, long-distance relationships between mature(ish) people tend to be lasting and strong. My fiance and I were living a 3-hour drive apart when we first graduated from college, and while it was hard, it helped us build good trust and communication. And now, nearly 3 years after moving in together, we still wake up every morning and say, “I’m SO LUCKY I get to wake up next to you!” It took that distance to make us realize how blessed we are.

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