I always enjoy learning more about bloggers whether it’s their personal life, a random story or question and answer post. Though to be honest I still could care less what your favorite color is…I will probably forget two seconds after commenting.
Though the mention of swimming on this blog seems like a life time ago, there was a time where I swam and didn’t run (anything before August 2010). My old lolz swimming identity was lolzthatswim…ever wonder why my email is lolzthatswim? I never changed it to fueledbylolz (at) gmail…I feel there has got to be a pretty streamline (ha) way to do this…I just don’t know how and haven’t looked into). Just over two years ago, I quit competitive swimming forever and made one of the best decisions at the time for me.
I swam throughout high school and I swam 3 years of college. I logged lots of swimming miles…from point A right back to point A…in a circle for hours and hours. I believe my most famous quote from swim team was (after being asked why do you like swimming the 1000)
“Because I like to start at point A go into cardiac arrest and come back to point A 20 times.”
Lately I have been thinking a lot about my past life. I often get the question if I regret not running in high school or early college (instead of swimming). The answer is always no. I wouldn’t trade those swimming moments for the world. I met some of my best friends swimming in high school as well as college. Women I might have met otherwise but our friendships grew strong and blossomed throughout those terrible swim practices. (I’m looking at you 10X400 IMS…or you 5X1000 timed off the blocks)…so no I don’t regret not running earlier.
If we live our lives in the past and wonder what could have been, we cannot move on in the future. I don’t regret not running in high school or early college because I don’t think I would be enjoying it as much now if I did. If I ran and was pressured into speed workouts during college I think it would have not allowed me to develop the passion for running I have now. I would have burnt out. I know I would be exercising now but I don’t think I would consider myself a serious runner.
I think for me personally it took a lot of time to realize how much I truly enjoyed running. Coming from someone who absolutely hated running in the past and nearly failed the mile several times in both middle and high school (shout out to my gym teachers who screamed at me to pass) I could not fathom that in the future I would be writing a blog about how much I enjoy running.
Who knows, in five years I might enjoy cycling. I don’t like to live in the past whether it’s my run life, personal life or overall life. I think we have to move upward and onward. I loved swimming and will never regret those times or friends I made but my time with that has long passed. Perhaps one day I’ll get back into the pool and love it…or perhaps I never will. Only time will tell.
Question for you: Is there anything you wish you started earlier?