A Nostalgic Run and Some Positive Realizations

by Her Happy Balance on April 10, 2013

Monday night I trekked on over to my old high school to use the track. Boy, it was like taking a very interesting walk down memory lane…

When I was in high school, I was involved in a bunch of extracurriculars. Like every other kid, I was trying to build a good resume for college. I was in the choir (yes, I’m a nerd), different clubs, honor societies, and I was even a cheerleader for a brief time. I’m sure my high school experience probably wasn’t all that different from most other people’s experiences. I ate crappy cafeteria food, went to all the dances and proms, and tried to get good grades.

leslee high school

My senior picture…yes, I still look like I’m 17.

One thing about high school that I always hated with a fiery teenage passion was having to run the dreaded mile during the physical fitness testing week. Β You pick the hottest day of the year, make a bunch of whiney teenagers go outside in the middle of the day, and tell them they have to run a mile in under 12 minutes or they won’t pass and need to do it again. UGH! Worst. Day. of the ENTIRE Year! Sidenote: I spent more time and effort on my clothing, hair, and make-up in high school than I do now…so I didn’t want to get sweaty and gross and then have to go back to class!


I distinctly remember my strategy to make it in under 12 minutes…because at the time there was no way I could run a mile. It was a 1/4 mile track. My strategy was to run on the two straight aways, and by run I clearly mean jog and try not to sweat. And then on the two curves, I’d walk. Pretty pathetic. But it got me to a mile in under 12 minutes (just barely) and that’s really all I cared about. Β That was the one and only mile I ran each year for my entire high school career.


One of the many things that I didn’t know how to do in high school was how to breathe during a run.

Last night as I willingly went to the track, I started thinking about my high school days. I was running around the track and by loop three, three quarters of a mile in, I was feeling pretty proud of myself. Only 5 or 6 years ago I wasn’t able to run that distance at all. I ended up running a little over 2 miles that night and each was a 10 minute mile. I’d love to be faster, and I’d love to be able to say I’m a distance runner, but I’m not quite there yet. Here comes the realizations part: that’s okay! As I finished my first mile on Monday, the quote “It doesn’t matter how slow or fast you run, you’re running laps around everyone on the couch” came into my head. I was happy. I was starting to get tired because I was running into the wind, and my glutes still really hurt from all those squats on leg day, but I was genuinely happy. Even though I’m not at where I want to be yet with running, I have to give myself props for working on it and recognize that I’ve already come so far.


So, what I’m trying to say, is we all have goals, but don’t beat yourself up because you still have a long way to go to reach them. Β Occasionally look back and admire how far you’ve already come.





What kinds of activities were you involved in during high school?

What’s one goal you’re currently striving to achieve?

Did you hate the mile like I did?



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Maryana Jurbiy April 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

You look so pretty in your highschool picture, and yes, you did not change a bit! I have the same relationship with running, and exercising overall as you are – before I started college, I could barely run one lap, never did any weights or any exercising whatsoever (besides school gym, and only because I HAD TO), and now when I look at what I do, I’m kind of proud of myself. I’m no where near where I want to be with my running or strength training, but I most certainly came a long way from my highschool years. πŸ˜€

Her Happy Balance April 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm

You are too sweet! And I’m thankful I look like I’m still 17 and not like I’m still 12 or 13…those were not pretty years! haha.

You should be proud of yourself! I feel like I sort of watched your healthy transformation throughout college and now after through instagram and FB. It’s an exciting feeling knowing that you’re getting to be fit and can handle all different physical activities. Can’t wait to keep watching our progression πŸ™‚

Jess April 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Love the new look! Congrats on being self hosted! It is better πŸ™‚ YOu’re right sometimes it is nice to look back and realise how far we’ve come!

Her Happy Balance April 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Thanks, Jess! It’s still a work in progress, but the hurtle of exporting all my data is over, woot woot!

Looking back is totally necessary sometimes. You can do a lot of evolving over a couple of years πŸ™‚

Kristina April 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Isn’t it amazing how much stronger you are now? And they say high school is your prime. Ha!

At least you’re looking back to reflect on how far you’ve come. I know a lot of people who push themselves too hard and don’t even stop to smell the roses. In high school you couldn’t pay me to run a mile, now you can stop me at just 1 πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance April 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Thank goodness I didn’t peak in high school!

Some reflections were definitely necessary. The high school mile was the worst! Glad you felt my pain πŸ™‚ Time to focus on how far I’ve gone instead of how far I still have to go!

Meghan April 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Adorable high school picture! Haha, I remember those awful black things that covered up whatever cute top you had on before.. Always made me mad! I love all those mantras. I absolutely refer to them several times a week to remind myself I’m still working our, regardless of how far or how fast. Reading other blogs, most days, serve as motivation but sometimes, it makes me feel like I’m not running fast enough or hard enough. Then I remember just like you – a year and a half ago, I couldn’t even get through 1 mile without stopping. You’re the best!!

Her Happy Balance April 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm

First of all, you are TOO sweet! πŸ™‚ Yes, the weird black drape shirt! Glad my school wasn’t the only one! Reading blogs is a huge motivator to get out there and run/workout/lift. But I totally understand the occasional feeling of “I should be doing more.” I saw someone with an Excel spreadsheet of all their meals and the macro breakdown and I was SO impressed and was immediately like why don’t I do this?! But you can’t adopt every idea…if I did I would never leave my computer and gym and probably wouldn’t have a job haha

Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet April 10, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Your so pretty and totally look the same! I have the same issue… I’ve been 18 since I was 14 lol. When I was heavier I looked older. No activity for me in highschool, except band!

Her Happy Balance April 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm

You are so sweet, thank you so much! And looking 18 forever isn’t too bad πŸ˜‰ You were in the band, what instrument did you play?

Nadiya @ Milk and Honey on the Run April 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Interesting post. Great job on all your fitness improvements!

I was horrible at sports back in grade 3. We had to also run a mile for a fitness test and I couldn’t do it πŸ™ Gym was much much much harder in Ukraine then in Canada and I had a very delayed growth spurt. That meant I was horrible at gym πŸ™

I’d love to go back now and be like look at me now, I can run that mile with my eyes closed πŸ˜› Well not exactly but you get the point πŸ˜›

Her Happy Balance April 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Oh my goodness, running a mile in third grade is intense! We didn’t have to do it in school until 5th or 6th grade. And I’m sure if you decide to go to your high school reunions, your classmates will notice all your athletic achievements πŸ™‚

Brooke @ Running In Heels April 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Awesome job with the run girl!! If you run you’re a runner πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance April 11, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Love that quote! πŸ™‚

Chels April 10, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Track workouts are awesome! They def make you a stronger runner πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance April 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm

That’s what I’n hoping for! πŸ™‚

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