Well, I am 3 weeks away from the half marathon and yesterday something wonderful happened that actually brought me to tears while running! I want to share it with you! My running partner and I started out with a 10 mile mission outside at 7 am. The first 4 miles went great! Then because she is a little faster than me she sprinted ahead for the 5th mile which is mostly up hill-actually to be fair it is the hardest part of this particular course! She finished about 1/4 mile ahead of me or about 2 min in front. At first I was thinking, “ummmm what is she doing? why is she leaving me?” But then I realized it was fine and this is about me and her individually and not “us”. SO I conquered that hill and ran back to our cars to shed a layer of clothing, take 2 bites of a banana and some water then we started up again for our second 5 miles.
We started out strong and all was well until about 1/2 mile into it and she went ahead of me again…so there I was ALL ALONE. Again I was like, “what is she doing? why is she leaving me”??? We continued to run-rather I continued to chase her never really trying to catch her but I could see her up ahead and knew she was still with me but also felt VERY ALONE. My knees were starting to throb but that was the only thing that was off. Thankfully, my breathing was good, my time was good, my music was good and I was ok even if I was alone.
Around mile 8 I was starting to really struggle and felt like I was moving so slow! I could still see her up ahead and just kept going. I was not going to let myself quit! As I started up another small hill a runner came by beside me and said very quietly, “you’re doing a great job, keep it up”. I said, “thank you” and sprinted ahead with some tears and a smile. I was already almost in tears from being alone and struggling and when he said that it was the best thing that could have happened to me in that moment! I needed to hear that, badly!
So to that stranger, THANK YOU! You saved my run!! To all of you out there doing and trying and giving it your all….YOU’RE DOING A GREAT JOB, KEEP IT UP!! Isn’t that so nice to hear?!
I finished our run in an hour and 42 minutes which is a great time for me!! So, alone or not I did it and spent most of that time counting on the fact that I will most likely be running the half alone and thinking I can do it! That is not what I planned as last year I ran with my 2 cousins and we stuck together the entire time which I liked.
My training since the last update has gone well except I had a few more shorter runs than I would have liked but that is what my body could handle at the time. For the next 3 weeks I am going to shoot for three more 6/7 mile runs, one more 10 mile run and three more 3/4 hilly miles runs.
I am still running for my girl Hope, who turned 21 last week! I plan on ordering a tank that says I Run 4 Hope to wear the day of the race! I want her there with me as my inspiration!!
Keep pursuing your goals guys-they feel good once accomplished! Real good!