Thursday, August 07, 2008

Never forget who you are and how far you have come in life.I never thought when I was a little girl growing up, I would become a runner. I hated getting dirty I was always in a dress. I loved to take dance lessons.
My parents signed me up for soccer and soft ball which by the way I hated.
My Dad use to take my brother Jay, and I to the track on Sundays to run. I use to cry because it just wasn't fun for me. I wanted to be home reading and playing with dolls. My father always encouraged me even though I was no good. My brother was the athlete not me.
I know by those experiences in my life it has helped me in my life today. Sure I had to become a drug addict & alcoholic first to find Ultrarunning. But that was part of Gods plan. It has shaped me into who I am today.
I may not be fast but I can run forever and even love it.
Yes, I still wear dresses and skirts everyday because I like being a girl.
And even on the trail I wear skirts to feel pretty and cute. That's just who I am and that will never change.

I think we should all post pictures of ourselves as kids. It's fun to look back and remember who we were and who we have become.
The first one is of when I was 4 and my Cousin Dee Dee did my hair.
The second one is from my first day of school I was 5.
And here I am today and 43. Loving who I am.

Don’t try to weigh things up or make a hasty judgement, the time is not right. Things haven’t yet had time to establish themselves so judging them too soon would be a waste of time and energy. Let things and situations have space and time to evolve. Let tomorrow take care of itself. Problems or obstacles that have been in your way will either resolve or dissolve as time goes by. This would be a great time to do a kindness or a charitable deed for someone less fortunate than you. This will be energetically replaced with a valuable piece of information.
© Stephen Haynes

13 comments:

johnt said...

Hey Catra! Good post, I enjoy your blogs. You are an inspiration! I am glad to have met you out on the trail.

Jo Lynn said...

Wow, we looked ALOT alike when we were young. Amazing!
~Jo Lynn

Donald said...

Hi! I've seen you at races - you're very distinctive, in a good way. It's nice to hear how far you've come in life.

Have a great race at Headlands!

Bill said...

Cute as a lil button and stylin back in the day.
Good luck at Headlands and good luck on the JMT.

love, hugs and well wishes

Steve Stenzel said...

Cousin Dee Dee has a way with hair....

;)

Catra said...

Hi Johnt Thanks for the post it means a lot.
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Jo Lynn-
I guess I look like you since your older :)
Sisters ;)
How's the training????
I met your friend Friday when I was walking to the expo.
XOXO,
Catra

Catra said...

Hi Donald-
Thanks for the post. Make sure you say hi to me next time so we can meet.
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Billy boy-
Thanks you're the best!!!
Wish I had someone to do the JMT with me :(
It would be way more fun.
When will I see you out this way again???
Hugs and kisses to you!
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Steve-
She did. She pasted away many years ago she was a wonderful person.
Catra

Jo Lynn said...

Hey! I'm only 7 months older than you, cut me some slack. That's okay though, we both look pretty damn good for our age.
Hugs,
~Jo Lynn

Kat said...

Hi Catra! Found you through the Atalanta website (just bought my first skirt!). You are an inspiration! I am running my first marathon in October and loving the process so far! Thanks for your blog. It is nice to read about others who have come a long way in their lives. I'm sure I'll be back to read more. Kat

Old Man and mid pack runner said...

lookin' great at 43, says the 46 year old :)

have a great 100 miler.