Adventure Challenge – Day 70: Making a Commitment

I’m pretty good at avoiding commitment. It’s not that I’m not responsible, I just don’t like to committing to things. I realize without meaning to, I have committed to a healthier lifestyle this year. I have started hiking, moving my body, and trying to eat clean (foods found in nature and not processed). 

This new lifestyle has brought a few surprises.  I have started to lose weight (not that big of a surprise). I feel better, I have more energy, and I look forward to each day. One of my favorite things is hiking. I enjoy it more than I ever thought. I’m constantly thinking about when I can get on the next trail. 

This week a crazy ultra trail running friend of mine asked if I would join her in a race. Before I had too much time to think about it I said yes. (I’m still trying to decide if that was a good idea). I committed to a 10K trail race in November. That gives me 12 weeks to prepare. The kicker is that I don’t run. I hike, but I really don’t run much (unless I get into a swarm of mosquitos). 

So, with this commitment comes some new goals. Knowing myself well enough, I tend to be an all or nothing person. I tend to go running out of the gate and burn myself out or hurt myself quickly. I’ve had a whole life time of doing this. So, my goal is to take it slow and easy. To learn to be gentle with myself, to listen to my body, and to work towards a goal. These are all lessons I’ve never been good at. 

My goal is to remember that this is fun. I’m not trying to win the race, I just want to finish the race. 


About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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