A year ago, while everyone else was putting in final preparations for their Super Bowl parties, I was headed to the JFK trying to comprehend the new reality that awaited me. Literally, everything I’d known had changed in the month prior, and that day I said goodbye to what I had expected to be my future.
This week, I’ve thought about how different my life would be if nothing had changed that day. How much of what I’ve done this year would not have happened? In reality, a lot, although I would have still ended up in Philly, I’ve learned, but the person I am today, is not the person who hopped that plane a crying mess.
RunStretchGo would not exist. Not just the blog, or the Twitter name, but the person who is “Cyanne (RunStretchGo)” would not have emerged.
I would not consider myself a Runner. While I had gotten into running much more regularly (and had just received my first Garmin as a Christmas gift), I definitely didn’t describe myself as a runner. I was an occasional runner who really just wanted to lose weight.
I would not have run 12 races in 2013. I would have finished Rock n Roll Nashville, because I’d already signed up for it at that point, and might have run one of the Fall halfs here in Philly, but that is probably it.
I would not have met my BRF. If RunStretchGo didn’t exist, and I didn’t consider myself a runner, I would definitely not have done the Runner’s World Summer Streak, nor would I have connected with Karen. Now, I could not imagine my life without her.
I would not have so many other amazing people in my life. Without becoming a part of the running community, I’d be missing out on wonderful people like the Cookies, the ScootaDoot chicks, Emma, Adriana, Cori, Lisa, Jessica, Christine, David, Mark, Justin, Sasha and so many others. You all probably have no idea how many smiles you’ve given me, how many tears you’ve tuned into laughs, or laughs into tears (from laughing so hard).
Two Names: Bobbi & Chris. There is no way I would have run Rock n Roll Chicago, which would mean I would have never gotten to meet and know Bobbi McCormick (from In her Shoes Fitness) or Chris Heuisler (the RunWestin Concierge). Bobbi has now been training me through her Shreds for 5 months, and Chris is usually my first stop when I’m traveling and need a good running route (especially if it’s near a Westin) want thoughts on a race (especially if it’s a Rock n Roll race) or just some good running advice. They’re also two of the nicest people in the world.
My goals and dreams would be secondary. As much as I wouldn’t like to admit it, I had big goals and dreams professionally, and some moderate ones personally, even Type A Cyanne was willing to push them to the side. Now, although I’m feeling a little less sure about what they all are, my goals and dreams are front and center.
My running gear collection would be much smaller. Philly Runner would definitely not see me as often (my bank account would be a bit happier though). I would not have speed work shoes, mid-length run shoes, and certainly not have multiple pair of race shoes. I probably would still have the two fairly expensive wind proof & water proof jackets. What can I say, I still like cool stuff.
I would not have run a marathon. There is no situation where I would have trained and run a full marathon a few weeks ago. It still doesn’t sound real. Less than a month ago I ran my first marathon with Karen! Ridiculous. It never would have happened.
I would not know who I am. As tough as it has been, I’ve learned who I am this year. I’ve been able to reach new limits, set new goals, and realize what truly makes me happy. And I’ve learned to love spinach in my smoothies.
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I still regularly question the decisions that led to all of this, but when I think about all of the things I would have missed, those questions are minimized. This is an AMAZING list. What would I have gained if all this hadn’t happened? I’m not sure, but I’m pretty sure it’s not better.
What’s something you’ve done recently that could have altered the way your life progressed?
What’s something you do now that you didn’t do a year ago?
Who’s someone you’ve met through Twitter/the blogosphere that you couldn’t imagine not knowing?