Begin Again

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“The best thing about endings is knowing that just ahead is the daunting task to start over.”
― Jodi Picoult

Here we go again… back at it for part two of our year: the outdoor track and field season.

The past two weeks have been a blur for Furman Elite; some people put the breaks on training immediately following Iowa State (cough, me, cough). Craig headed to Albuquerque for USA Indoors, Heidi flew across the world to her homeland (sad without Mama Kitty home). Still others trudged on, doing threshold and VO2 max tests here at Furman, taking a day or two off while attempting to “recover” from the grueling months that were January and February. It was the silence before the storm, the feeling of holding your breath for a brief second before plunging into a windblown sea. Some of us were grateful for the break, eager to put the lazy into recovery (wait, there’s no L in recovery… drat!), while others mentally paced back and forth, eager to get back at it and prove themselves after a less than thrilling indoor campaign.


“It’s humbling to start fresh. It takes a lot of courage. But it can be reinvigorating. You just have to put your ego on a shelf & tell it to be quiet.” 
― Jennifer Ritchie Payette

But we all made it through and joined up again this morning for our first practice of this next phase. I’m both looking forward to March and kind of hesitant to plunge back in. Four of our friends will be heading back to Flagstaff next week and my apartment will be lonely without Rob Luscious Locks Finnerty blasting Dexter across the kitchen table from me. Aussie Mama Kitty has left Baglady and me to face Swampy without her! And what we will do without Princess Jack?? Those absences will be missed, but the anticipation of the work to come is destructively delightful.


“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” 
― Joseph Campbell

I’m personally coming off a super strong indoor season (it’s all perspective– I’ve never been good at indoor track so having a bit of success for once was liberating! Fierce and Fearless Stephanie is back!) and all I can do is hope, pray, and prepare my body to be just as strong outdoors. There’s much work to be done– tears to shed, times to bring down, weights to lift, BOSU to learn. I’m so thankful to have a coach who has the grand plan in his head; all I have to do is show up and put match his confidence with enthusiasm and dedication. Who knows where we’ll be come July 1– but isn’t the mystery part of the fun?

One response to “Begin Again

  1. Thank you so much for quoting me! I am a work/life transformation author, innovation consultant, and a fitness coach/personal trainer/swim coach. I’m so happy you found my quote to be inspirational. I wish you all continued success! -Jennifer Ritchie Payette, co-author, “Modular Career Design”

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