Sometimes Change Is Good

Posted by Not Your Average Athlete on August 13, 2015No Comments

As human beings, we often run kicking and screaming from any sudden change.  We like routine and we try to avoid anything that threatens our normalcy, but sometimes change is a good thing.  God knows I have been through many sudden changes lately – one of the many reasons I haven’t had a new blog post in almost 4 months.


After several years of preparation and planning, I was finally ready to stop renting and buy a home, but with a sudden job change, buying a house seemed impossible.  I had given up on the idea altogether when suddenly, the stars aligned and I was house hunting.  Unfortunately, I was house hunting in a competitive market.  I found a house I fell in love with, made an offer well above asking, and was certain it was mine…I didn’t get it.  A couple of days later, completely discouraged, I looked at a house I had no interest in whatsoever, and fell in love!


Next came the stresses of moving.  If you have ever moved, you know exactly what I mean.  I read an article once that said that the three most stressful events in our lives are death, divorce, and moving….and they weren’t kidding.


Once we moved and got settled I was sure life was going to finally return to normal.  Then, one Thursday night, I got an email saying that they were closing our YMCA.  This news was devastating.  The Y was my home, my community.  I have been a member of the Y for the past 8 years.  To me, and many others, it is more than a gym.  It was the place that changed my life.  I lost weight, I got healthy, and I made many, many friends.  The next day, the Y was filled with a cloud of gloom and despair.  Everyone was upset with this sudden news and mourning the soon to be loss of their community.


The next thing on my agenda was to find a new gym.  I looked at all of my options and discovered that my health insurance offers a program that allows you to join a number of select gyms for only $30 per month…significantly less than I had been paying at the Y.  Their list included the other big gym in my area as well as any YMCA.  This new program also allows me to go to other gyms throughout Tennessee Since my work puts me in four different areas each week, I now have many new options.  Luckily, the two main facilities that I plan on using are the same ones that many of my YMCA friends and instructors have moved to so I still get to see them often!


As humans, we approach change with caution and resistance, but sometimes its a good thing.  Sometimes we just have to let go and trust that things will work out…they usually do.

2105 Oak Barrel Half Marathon Recap

Posted by Not Your Average Athlete on April 25, 2015No Comments

I ran the Oak Barrel Half Marathon two weeks ago and am just now getting around to writing about it due to the fact that I am….



Wait for it…






Can you tell I’m excited? Now, back to Oak Barrel.



This race is put on by the Mach Tenn running club and sponsored by none other than Tennessee’s finest, Jack Daniels.  It is best know for its great swag and one brutal hill (aptly named Whiskey Hill) that has its own Facebook page. Before you ask, no, there is not whiskey at the finish line.  Oddly enough, Lynchburg, TN is in a dry county!


The early April race date makes for a chilly start so we hung out in the car until closer to race time.




Then we headed out for some photo ops with the Half Fanatics




And some sparkle skirts ladies



This race makes sure they place a photographer on Whiskey Hill



And mile 12 is the best sign ever….ok, maybe mile 13 is but I didn’t get a shot of that one




And I finally got a good race photo!




My car didn’t fair as well





And every great race ends with food!





Next year will be the 7th half marathon and since Jack Daniels is known for the good old No.7, little birdies at packet pick up implied that we should expect seriously good swag, but the race fills up fast so don’t delay your registration!