30 Before 30: The New Glamour Book and the Post that Wasn’t
April 25, 2012 § 6 Comments
I just wrote a really long post in which I waxed eloquent about this article that Steph sent me today and how I’m revising my running/racing goals to allow more space for other parts of my life to develop, aspects of my personality and heart and calling that have been pushed into a cobwebby corner over the past few years.
But the post disappeared.
The Internet gnomes were hungry, I guess.
And now I don’t have time to rewrite it…
I have 2 and a half years before I turn 30. There’s a new book out by the publishers of Glamour magazine called 30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She’s 30. And for once in Glamour‘s life, its basic premise aligns with a lot of the thoughts I’ve been having lately. Like, Should I shoot to run Western States 100 before I’m 30? Or, instead, should I shoot to become a more creative, relational, balanced individual?
I have a lot of changes coming up — big moves for me that I haven’t really publicized yet. While I’d love to be superwoman and take on these changes with gusto and excellence while at the same time re-qualifying for Boston and becoming an ultramarathoner…and, incidentally, authentically investing in my relationships with God and people…I’m not sure that’s really feasible. Actually, I know it’s not. I’ve been trying to be superwoman for a while.
So far, no bueno.
Maybe by the time I’m 30.
Until then, I have a lot to do and to live for that doesn’t involve running shoes or the numbers on my Garmin Forerunner 205. I plan to run many more marathons and other races in the years to come, but that’s one thing the article said women need to realize: there are years to come. I don’t have to cram it all in now, at age 27.
There will be more Bostons. There will be more weekly mileage goals and speed workouts and gorgeous mornings to explore on foot. In the meantime, where is my focus? Where am I offering value to people around me?