Today is my husbands 30th birthday. I figured it was a nice gesture to let him sleep in rather than getting up super early so I can go run [if sleeping in is even possible with three kids under 5 in the house?].
This meant I needed to do my long run of 14 miles Friday. I’d like to say that my morning began differently than most, but it didn’t. My son, not my newborn baby, but my 2 1/2 year old got up at 4 am for no particular reason[something he has been doing often lately]. He wouldn’t go back to bed and I didn’t want to get up. Shortly after that my other son, the baby, woke up and was fussing. Finally at 5:30 am I gave up and got up to start the day.
Eric had the day off, but wanted me to help get Chloe on the bus before I headed out the door. The longer I was at home the faster I lost my motivation/desire to head out the door for my run. I knew however that if I did not get the run done Friday that I wouldn’t get it done at all over the weekend.
TIP: Be realistic with yourself – aware of your personality. If you know putting off a run means that it will turn into a missed run. Head out the door and get it done first thing.
Charlie’s mommy texted me around nine saying that she hoped my run had gone well. Ahhhh I had to admit to her that I hadn’t gone yet and was searching for motivation. Could you send me some please? She did just that by reminding me that EVERYTHING happens for a reason. What was that reason I asked myself?
I looked out the window and my street was still covered with a light dusting of snow and appeared slippery. I didn’t want to run outside, much less run 14 miles outside, alone. Treadmill it would be. Could I even run that far on the treadmill at this point? Last winter I had to do some of my 20 milers on the treadmill and those were the hardest runs of my life. Harder than most of the marathons I have completed.
I grabbed the January/February issue of Washington Running Report and sat down to try and find some motivation to get on the treadmill. I read the Editor’s Note first. It talked about all the changes that have been happening in the magazine. There was a new section for the last page and it happened to feature Mike Broderick.
I only had the privilege of meeting Mike once. He was my teacher at the Road Runners Club of American coaching class I took. He was one of those people that you meet and you feel a sense of peace when around them. He was a bright shinning light and was someone who I could tell was liked by many.
Sadly Mike passed away this past November from lung cancer. I remember feeling saddened by the news, and also puzzled that I felt that way about a man I had only had contact with on three days of my life. My last memory of him was on Haines Point during the Marine Corps Marathon. He was running the opposite direction as me, on the sidelines, cheering people on.
The page in the magazine was about Timeless Lessons from him, of which there were five. The first is the one that struck home. [everything happens for a reason indeed]
1. WRITE WIN ON YOUR HAND IN PERMANENT MARKER.
I needed to replace my negative thoughts of I can’t possibly do 14 miles alone on the treadmill with I can do this and I will do this and I will enjoy this.
I need to run 14 miles.
I need to be more positive.
I need to be thankful I can run.
I got lost in the music.
Make you come alive I can take you higher
What this is forgot? I must now remind you
Let it rock let it rock let it rock
Tip: Harness your emotions. Use them as fuel to the fire. Take all the negative in your life and use it for positive. Make it work for you – let it help you run farther, faster than you thought possible. Break through the barriers and push when you don’t think anything is left.
Mile 14 – 7:35
I was tired and wasn’t sure if I could complete 14 miles. I used my emotions. You got this Dorothy. You can run fast for one mile. You can do anything for one mile. You MUST run fast today – it’s a gift.
When my run was over I went downstairs and got a Light Chocolate Muscle Milk to drink. What was the expiration date? 11/11/11 – Coincidence? I think not.