Sorry for my absence… I’ve been stressing about my marathon that happened today so I have not felt like writing. But as I often promise, I will try to get a little better. I know, I know… as a therapist I should follow my own advice but believe me when I say (and have said before) I am my own worst therapist. I do pretty good most of the time but become overwhelmed when it’s something like a marathon.
Today being overwhelmed actually helped. I went into the race telling myself to slow down and just enjoy the race and shockingly that is what I did. I had a great first half and in the second half battled with some leg spasms but slowed down, hydrated, and kept on pushing.
Then I met a new friend, Judy. I thought she was struggling around mile 22 so I turned around and told her, “you got this”. (Turns out she was on the phone and was saying “okay, okay”) Anyway, I had started to walk a little and she came up and grabbed my arm and said, “we got this”. We spent the next 4 miles, running and walking and talking. It was the best. She tried to push me at the end to go on and I said, “No way, we are doing this together.” At that point she put her arm around me and I did the same and we ran across the finish line as the announcer said our names. It was incredible.
I love the running community! We go out as strangers doing something we love together and we push and encourage each other to finish. There were so many times along this course that I was able to run with others, encourage others and be the one that others encouraged. I am so thankful that I have been given the ability to run as well as the desire to push myself. I am sure I will do another marathon eventually but have decided that I really enjoy the Half marathon the most (okay other short races are pretty good too). Today just reminded me that I can set some lofty goals and achieve them if I just put my mind to it (okay now I sound like my motivational Monday quotes, but it is true)!
I hope if you ran this weekend, you met or exceeded your goals. And remember sometimes the goal is just about getting out there. I did something I never thought I would be able to do…I had a great time running a marathon, met a new friend, got a PR of 4:34:46, and I’m able to walk today with little difficulty (we will see about tomorrow).
As always, enjoy the pics and have a wonderful week: