My Car was Destroyed, so I Ran

Exercise has always been a mainstay in my life. I became a PE teacher so that I could share my love of exercise with others. Right now I am going through my NASM certification to supplement that teacher pay with more exercise-related work.

Sometimes we forget the value that our hobbies and passions can and do provide us. I was reminded of it this past weekend when I woke up to find my car was missing.

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I am currently living with my girlfriend, and we are in the process of moving to start our new lives in Summerville/Charleston, SC. We live in Charlotte, and street parking is a must in some places. My car was parallel parked right outside of our apartment, but I couldn’t find it…

My first thought was that somebody stole the car. There was glass on the ground and some plastic. Who did this?

As I walked up and down the street looking for my car, checking and rehashing my previous day’s memory of my parking location, a neighbor leaned over her balcony to tell me that my vehicle was involved in an accident. She met me on the road and showed me what happened.

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I was instantly surprised, frustrated, mad, and then entirely annoyed. Why wasn’t I notified? What’s going to happen? I can’t afford this right now… How do I get to work? Was the perpetrator driving a stolen car (the person fled the scene)? Does the car have insurance? F*@%!

The following 24 hours included lots of phone calls, confusion, stress, and more stress. I had to investigate to find out what happened to my car, and I couldn’t get in touch with the officer on duty because he was 3rd shift.

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Eventually all the frustration boiled over and I began to channel my anger in a negative way. The stress was overwhelming, and I had so much energy that I needed to release.

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So I ran… I ran fast and hard. I went to the gym. I worked my butt off and focused my frustration. And the frustration started to ease. The myopic, anger-filled lens I was looking through began to clear.

I did it when my teacher died in middle school– I ran.

I did it when I didn’t believe in myself in college– I ran.

I did it after self-sabotaging behavior– I ran.

I did it when I got my first real job– I ran.

I did it when I didn’t think I could do it– I ran.

I did it through the failures and the successes, the highs and lows, the amazing and dull times– I ran and I will continue to run.

Can you relate?

Worthwhile Purchases for Beginning Marathoners

 

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1.A race ticket ($20-$100)

This one is the most important and most obvious. If you purchase the ticket to run in a race, you are more likely to train for said race. The biggest obstacle to training is lack of motivation; a set date will keep you on schedule.


 

2. Training shoes ($50-$120)

You can run in regular athletic shoes– for a while–but at some point you will want/need to invest in something more sport-specific— running shoes. Go to your local runner’s store to find out about different shoes and about your specific needs for your feet.

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3. A GPS watch ($75-$250)

Now this isn’t necessary, but the article isn’t called “Necessary Purchases…” I am speaking from experience: having a GPS watch, specifically one with music built in, is a worthwhile investment. 

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4. Clothing and anti-chafing remedies ($30-$200)

You can get away with regular workout clothes if you have them; however, once you start to hit those high miles, when it is humid and  near 80 degrees when you wake up, you will want the shorts, tops, and socks that minimize chafing.

Have you ever had to place tape over your nipples, had your thighs chafe, or your lats irritated to death for hours by the movement of an ill-fitting shirt?

You can get decent items from Walmart, TJ Maxx, and Ross for a bargain, or you can spend tons on the newest stuff out. Make it fit your budget.

Even with all that, you will have problems. To reduce the friction, use something like: BODY GLIDE– LOOK IT UP! I’ve found that coconut oil works well, too. 

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5. Compression wear ($30-$100)

Compression wear is beneficial for post-workouts, when your body is sore and recovering; or you can wear it during the work out. The idea is the same: to minimize recovery time and increase comfort. Knee and calf-sleeves are my go-to’s.

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6. Foam roller ($30)

A foam roller and muscle roller massage stick are going to be your best friends after a lot of your runs. They are beneficial for, well, your muscles– of course. Check out some Youtube videos if you haven’t seen them before. Well worth the money.

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7. A training program (FREE)

If you want, you can spend a good chunk of change on a plan and diet, but I wouldn’t do that if this is your first rodeo. It can be tough enough to stay on schedule, especially when the miles pick up. Find a reputable training program online for free and stick to it; also, join a forum if you are lost. There is a lot of free, quality information out there.

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8. Gels ($25 for a large box)

Not necessary, but definitely useful on those longer runs. There are alternative ways to create your own in-run snacks, but I find the gels to be perfectly sized and practical. Throw a few in your pockets before a long run; you won’t regret it. 

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These are not all necessary purchases in the beginning– and a few you do not need at all– so don’t be too put off by the numbers; however, marathon training is an investment– in time and money. You want to make it as comfortable and practical a process as possible.


It is worth it in the end, and you will be a better person for taking on the challenge and completing it.