Sunday, October 27, 2013
What Happens Happens Don't Lose the Joy
There are so many things you can't control for on race day. Maybe you aren't 100%, maybe the weather sucks. I am 100% sure that I can control for my attitude and I can enjoy the race I have worked hard for even if I don't make my sub 2 hour goal. No one can take away the hard work and the benefits of the hard work on my running.
I am also proud because this half is all me. It is a reflection of my training. My first half hubby helped so much, because he toughed out 8 mile training runs with me and I only had to do my two longest runs on my own. This time with his nagging foot injury, I had no one but me to depend on. It was all on me to stick with the commitment and go out the door and say "today I am running 12, see you in a few hours." I am proud that I did it.
I thought about that today as I was running my 10 miles. I focused on an easy effort run today. Goal was to run what you feel comfortable running and be able to breathe mouth closed. I thought that should be 10minute mile. It was about a nine minute mile for the first 5miles then about 8:30. As I passed the .3 mile marker on my way back to the zero mile where I was parked, I remember the first time I saw my husband while he was on a run after work and I was on a run after work. I ran from the 2.6 mile marker back toward zero and he ran from zero toward the 2.6. That was also the first run I ever ran more than 3 miles. I also remember hubby passing me saying "you looked so good I did not know it was you." He has been there for me, cheering me on the whole way. Even though he could not train with me I am so grateful to him. I remembered that support today when I was nearly done. I know he has been frustrated with this foot injury, but I know he will be back to full strength and I will be done with my half and we can go back to our regular runs. Of course I will continue to push him into one long run a weekend, but no 10 milers I promised.
Who pushes you even when they aren't there physically?