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Wake Up Call by Merrell Alpha - Keighley

Every once in a while, life will throw something your way that wakes you up.

I’m not saying that my life was unfulfilling, by any means. I was happily married, working as a therapist for kids with autism, and finishing up my degree at a nearby college.  However, it had gotten to a point where I was doing the same thing, day in and day out.  Wake up, go to school or work (and most days, both), come home, do homework, read or watch a movie, rinse and repeat.
After a few months of that, it got really, really boring.

The wake-up call came in a really strange way. The video game Skyrim had just come out, and both my husband and best friend were obsessed with it. Whenever I got home, they’d already be at the house, in front of the TV, playing the game.  Since the TV was tied up, and most of their conversations centered on the game, I decided one day to read through random blogs. After reading a handful, I came across a blog written by a woman who had been doing themed runs. Her most recent run was a beer run—run one mile, get a beer, run two, get another, run one more, and get another beer. To me, that sounded great! Her pictures included her in some outrageously colorful outfits, arms around other runners, clutching medals and pitchers of beer, celebrating at finish line after finish line.

I decided, there and then, to do a beer 5k. I announced that out-loud to the living room and got slight nods. Then of course, I realized I would have to be able to run a 5k. I got dressed up, went outside, and proceeded to spend the next thirty minutes more physically miserable than I had ever been in my life.  But mentally, I felt fantastic. I had done it! I had to take breaks, I got breathless, I wake achy and sore, but I had done it.

Less than a month later, I ran my first race ever, a two-mile Turkey Trot.