There is something about a long run that I love and hate all at the same time.
When I don’t HAVE to do long runs. I MISS them.
I find the distance intimidating yet exhilarating.
December is usually a blah month for me. It sounds crazy since it’s a time for celebration, but the post marathon blues coupled with the stress of finding the right gift and finding it in time, makes me blah.
Two weeks ago I was feeling especially blah. I needed a week of lots of running to jumpstart my new year, before the new year.
So I ran and ran and ran and ran.
On Saturday I planned to go between 10 and 13 miles. I started out with a friend, which always makes the miles pass faster and ended alone.
The more I ran, the more excited I got. It was the farthest I had run since Marine Corps Marathon. I was in a zone. Nothing could break me. Nothing could slow me.
I got faster the more I thought about 2012. I got faster the more I thought about how strong I have gotten over the past 11 years of racing. I thought about the girl I used to be. I thought about the girl I am today.
I found peace. Peace that comes from knowing I am forgiven no matter what I do. Peace that comes from knowing what life is really all about [hint it's not money or pr's].
I kept running – 10 miles, 13 miles, 15 miles, 17 miles.
Mile 17 was hard, but I repeated out loud IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING – IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING.
[If you had seen me you would have laughed. I'm sure I looked crazy]
I was crazy. I was running my 87th mile of the week. I wanted to cry.
When I started running I couldn’t make it half a mile. Literally.
To think that I could run 87 miles in a week and finish that last mile at a 7:27 pace seems IMPOSSIBLE TO ME but IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING.
- Mile 1: 8:28
- Mile 2: 8:20
- Mile 3: 8:21
- Mile 4: 8:16
- Mile 5: 8:24
- Mile 6: 8:23
- Mile 7: 8:27
- Mile 8: 8:28
- Mile 9: 8:19
- Mile 10: 8:18
- Mile 11: 8:03
- Mile 12: 8:03
- Mile 13: 7:47
- Mile 14: 8:06
- Mile 15: 7:50
- Mile 16: 7:49
- Mile 17: 7:27
You are only limited by the limits you place on yourself. I have no limits when it comes to running. I believe and am willing to work for what I want to achieve.
3:05 seems IMPOSSIBLE but I know it’s not.
Sunday night I ran 3 miles, easy, alone. 90 miles for the week. The MOST I have ever run in one week.
2012 here I come. 3:05 – I got you.
What has empowered you in 2011? What dreams have you achieved? What barriers have you broken through?
Do you BELIEVE in yourself? If you don’t believe in YOU how can you expect others to?