I ran my 24th marathon 4 days ago. It went nothing as I had planned, in more ways than one, but it was a marathon finish and for that I’m proud. There are many emotions that go along with running. Emotions while training, emotions while thinking about running, emotions during the race, and emotions post race. I don’t feel the typical post marathon blues that I do after a race that has gone the way I wanted it to. I feel hungry for more…..
I’ve raced 3 races in 2013 and all of them I’ve raced while feeling sick. Our bodies are powerful, the mind strong, but there is only so much you can push through and I think this weekend I hit my max. So for now, instead of a race recap, which I’ll get to eventually, I’m sharing a post that I wrote for Map My Fitness on making time to train for races, as a parent……the post reminds me of my running journey.
If you only define yourself and your training cycle by the time on the race clock, you will often find yourself disappointed or disheartened.
The journey should be celebrated and enjoyed.
I enjoy the journey. I enjoy pushing my body to it’s limits, not just during a race but during training.
I also happen to believe, as cheesy as it sounds, that everything works out exactly the way it’s supposed to. I didn’t run a PR on Saturday, not even close, my body started to feel like it was failing me at mile 5, by 12 I wanted to walk off the course get into my car with my husband and head home. When I finished the race, I sat down, mad, defeated, and looked at my garmin to see what my overall finish time was. I didn’t see the finish. I saw that my average pace was an 8:18 [a number I see often - in one form or another]. I can’t make this stuff up. I couldn’t try to run an 8:18 average even if I wanted to. I had wanted my goal average to be a 7:07 so I assure you that I didn’t try to end up with this average. It only strengthened my belief that everything – good and bad – happens exactly how it should. I may sound like a crazy religious person sometimes. I’m not. I’ll admit that I rarely go to church and that my relationship with God is between me and him, no one else. I am not affected when people call me a Jesus freak, and I am not affected when people critizce bad choices I’ve made by saying it wasn’t Christian-like. This blog is not about preaching, it’s about running. Sometimes they intersect and it feels wrong of me not to say that I truly believe that running an 8:18 average was God’s way of telling me HIS plans are better than mine. Me sharing how I feel about my beliefs is in no way is judging yours….or asking you to believe mine. I am simply sharing how I feel and what I think……some of you will love it…..some of you will hate…..but share it I will.
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