About the Rebel

 

I AM LAZY

 

…I WAS LAZY

Lazy is definitely a word with relative meaning. Now back in high school and college  I definitely would not have considered myself lazy with school, three or four extra curricular activities and participating in a year round sport. That never stopped my parents from telling me that I was living the “life of Riley,” or my coach from flat-out calling me lazy. Because at the end of the day, I was most definitely lazy.

nice view huh?

I use the term was as more of a form of positive reinforcement for my mind (and therefore my actions) but really, I struggle with being a lazy person every day. I honestly lived by the quote “Why do today what can be done tomorrow?” As funny as the quote is, it was a lifestyle like that that led to consecutive “gotta finish my paper” all-nighters in college. Unable to understand why I would do this to myself, one of my roommates  once called me a masochist – and he was right, I got some sick sort of enjoyment of having my back up against the wall.

My favorite poster since before all of my teeth grew in..

I always enjoyed running – loved doing the shuttle run and fitness tests in elementary and middle school. My middle school gym teacher told me I had the frame for running, so I went out for the middle school track team… and was cut in tryouts. Once I got to high school I was convinced by a friend to go out for the track team again, mostly because no one gets cut from the high school team. After assuming I was a sprinter my freshman year, my coach told me to go out for the cross country team to build my endurance up for the sprints — so I did, even though I was a band geek in the same season. That spring the same friend told me to race him in the 800m, which happened to be one lap around the block in his neighborhood. I did pretty well, and never looked back.

I never really had the love for distance running that other people did. If I didn’t run, the world wasn’t going to end, which is how I feel some others feel. For me it was my opportunity to challenge myself, to be competitive, and feel some sort of success and achievement. So that combined with my natural laziness, made summer training for Cross Country non-existent most years, even through college (as ashamed as I am to admit it).

I was pretty good at running in high school, and though schools weren’t knocking on my door to come run for them, I still thought it would be nice to be on the track team. I ended up going to Ursinus College, a small Division III school in the suburbs of Philadelphia. And at a DIII school, while you get a lot of athletes with a true passion and talent for running, you also get many who participate just to participate.  After captaining the Cross Country and Track & Field teams for three years, I learned a lot about why a wide range of people decide to run. I loved every second of it — I loved how happy people would get after races, I loved seeing what motivated people to work, and I loved seeing and helping people respond positively to setbacks.

4x400

When I was a senior, the team wrote a letter to the seniors as a sort of  “thank you” for their years of participation. In mine they said they loved  “to see the determination in [my] eyes on the last leg of the 4×400 and seeing the joy in [my] eyes watching a teammate set a PR,” and I never forgot that. After graduating I decided that I wanted to come back and help coach at my alma mater, and I’ve been the Assistant Coach of Ursinus Cross Country ever since. In that time I’ve obtained my USA Track & Field Level 1 Coaching Certificate, and I’m continuously educating myself on the training, mechanics, and benefits of running.

I yell sometimes when I'm coaching...USATF Level 1 Certified... YES!

Not everyone is a collegiate athlete, and I recognize this. There tends to be this perception suggesting that only certain people should run. I HATE this idea. Anyone’s that’s physically capable of running, should be running. The amount they run is up to them as a part of their goals. That’s the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the REBEL running idea. Running is supposed to support your lifestyle and body type. I’m a big fan of logic — things that can be explained away — so when traditional and conventional theories don’t apply, I don’t follow them “just because.” Your goals should be aligned with your lifestyle and vice versa.

-Like beer? So drink it, don’t cut it out. Maybe even try a beer mile.
-Need a change from the standard running? The occasional backwards run might benefit you.
-Having issues with injuries and your joints, try chi running.
-Think you’re too big to run? I’ll convince you you’re too big to fail.

I’m here to show the world that there is a runner in us all..

To the rebel in you,

Dels

Comments
  1. muddymommy says:

    Hey! Love your blog, so I nominated you as a “Blog on Fire”! Check it out, and pass it on! http://muddymommy.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/blog-on-fire-award/
    Have a great weekend!

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