Saturday, October 15, I had a 21-miler on my schedule. I wasn't really afraid of it...in fact, I was kind of looking forward to it. I really wanted to see what I could do with that distance. I had run one 20-miler prior to that, and it went fairly well, so I was anxious to see how this would go.
As soon as I started out, I knew it wasn't going to be my day. I just never got in a rhythm. As I've started to do recently, I did two loops with my house in the middle. Before I even reached the half-way point, I wanted to stop. My body wanted to stop and my mind wanted to stop. I felt like I could push through it, though. I wasn't hurting...I was just "off". After a brief stop at my house to refill my water, etc., I started out for the second 10 1/2 miles. About two miles in, I was running on the left side of the road (towards traffic). The road is usually completely empty. I heard a moped coming up behind me and turned around, but it was driving on the right side of the road, so I didn't give it a second thought...just kept running. Well, the
Then, a few things happened:
1) - I received some goodies in the mail. Some time ago, I was pretty lucky and won TWO giveaways hosted by some fellow bloggers.
www.mile-posts.com, hosted a giveaway, and I won all of that Gu, and April from mommysfitfortheking.blogspot.com hosted the Ultrafuel giveaway, and I won that, too! These just both happened to get here this week, and I was so excited (it's sooo fun to get running stuff in the mail). If you haven't checked out their blogs, you need to! Dorothy just ran a 3:13 marathon (yes...3:13!!), and April is hoping to qualify for Boston in a few weeks at Savannah, GA. They both set beautiful examples of strong, faithful women, and I learn a lot from both of them. They are awesome runners, but are not afraid to give all the glory to God.
2) - A few weeks ago, I ordered a customized running shirt from http://www.runningbanana.com/ to wear at my marathon. I was a little nervous about this, because I'm pretty picky about what I wear while running. It turned out FABULOUS!
|Back of the shirt|
3) - My sister (Anna's mom) ran her first half-marathon yesterday at the Mankato Marathon in Mankato, MN. I wish SO MUCH that I could have been there cheering her on. I was texting back and forth with her prior to the start, and I was so excited for her! She did AWESOME!! Her official time was 2:14:23. So proud of her!! She said beforehand that this would be her last one, but I'm secretly hoping she decides to do more so I can run one with her. Maybe she can pace me. :)
|She tried to tell me she didn't train enough beforehand...whatever!!|
I know that the love and inspiration to run, for the most part, has to come from within (and maybe some prayers). I know that at Mile 20 of the marathon, nobody's going to give me a shiny package or promise a reward for motivation. I'm just going to have to dig down deep and find that part of myself that can push past the pain. I'm going to have to find the switch in my mind that tries to tell me I can't do this, and flip it to the switch that tells me I CAN do this. But, sometimes, along the way, leading up that point, it sure does help to get those external motivators, as well, and this week was absolutely PERFECT for that.