|On my way 41 degrees|
|Entering park - beautiful!|
Last Saturday was my third race. It was dark, it was cold, my pets were snuggling and the bed was cozy. I checked the outside temperature, 41 degrees....'you don't have to do this you know', 'you can crawl right back under the covers and relax'. 'But I feel so great after a run', 'I feel so proud', 'I feel strong, confident and accomplished'. 'Besides, you never have to do it, you GET to do it, and you are one lucky gal to have that privilege!' 'Now, get off your ass and go have some fun! Besides, next week is downtown and if you are going to skip a race, save it for that one!'
|Water's edge pre-race - Brrrrrrr|
It was a nice race. I had a great time and felt wonderful throughout most of the run. And the fact that it was for a good cause was gravy. This was my best time yet! Was I ever glad I made myself get to go ;)
|Post race - It was a beautiful day!|
|I was happy to have the added warmth of this shirt!|
The morning's mental conversation went a little something like this:
I am so wide awake. I don't want to go. Why not? I hate messing with downtown traffic and parking. But you know this part of downtown like the back of your hand. Check the website. Easy park, free park, close walk, what's the problem? I don't know. Don't wanna. Why not? It's cold. You're not even a tiny bit tired. You are going to be so grumpy and antsy if you stay in bed. It is a nice flat route. It would be nice to run a level race. Wouldn't it? And maybe you could beat your last run. This was the first race you ever did a few years back, you ran it for your 'Poppy' since he had recently passed away. Aren't you lucky you're able to do this? A couple hours from now, you are going to feel like crap when you know you would have been done and speculate on what might have been. You still need to run later today and it might not get any warmer. Get up, go to the bathroom, get moving. Okay, here's the deal, I'll get on the scale and if it is in the 2-teens, I'll go to the race. I got up, got on the scale. It was in the 2-teens. A deal is a deal.
Pulling up the new running pants I had purchased the day before in anticipation of the cooler running weather, I smiled to myself thinking, yep, a deal is a deal. I couldn't believe that actually worked. Laced up the shoes, took care of the furballs, gathered my last minute items and headed out the door.
|What a gorgeous day!|
|A nice turn out pre-race|
|Our great DJ|
|North end of canal - The finish wraps up to the left of and behind the tree in the left middle of the photograph|
This was one of the best races of the four. While I had achieved and thoroughly enjoyed that special runner's high during my first mile, it was not my strongest, nor my most enjoyable race, quite the opposite. It was hard fought, it was painful, I struggled, in fact, I hadn't even wanted to go. I wanted to quit several times during the race and I wanted to quit before I started, but I didn't. I MADE IT!! I conquered this beast and still came in under 45 minutes, much to my amazement!
The more difficult something is for you to accomplish, the more rewarding it is when you succeed. I am so proud of myself for completing all four races. Every Saturday morning for four weeks in a row, I got up early and went to my races. I completed my races and am that much stronger for it.
So, if you think you want to quit, think again. You deserve this. You are not only able to do this, you WILL do this. You GET to do this!!
HAPPY RUNNING TO YOU ALL!!!!!
YOU DON'T HAVE QUIT IN YOU!!!!!