I may be a day late, but I hope Jill and Jess don’t mind me popping int to join their fabulous link up a day late! I suppose I just really wanted to talk about how I did nothing this weekend 🙂
Joking aside: I actually really did. I think too often we’re caught up in doing and busy that we feel badly when we take the time we need. I didn’t feel badly for one second taking this weekend to rest.
Yes, I have a big racing coming up; however, showing up stressed out and unrested isn’t ideal. In the week (or two!) leading up to the race, there isn’t much I can do to improve my race. However, there are a lot of things I can do to make it worse: like overtraining, stressing and not sleeping.
I’m extremely glad I was able to take time on Sunday morning to watch the NYC Marathon. Being a member of The Flock, without a doubt I was cheering and cheering hard for Kara. Then, I about died when I heard they’d be running 20 miles into a headwind.
Throughout the race I was messaging with Ann as we watched, except….I was 1 minute behind her feed. We were pumped when Kara was running with the pack and then bummed when we saw she droppped off the pace (it turns out it was intentional). I was glued to the ticker above showing the women’s leaders (a note to ESPN2: you had far too many commercials and while the men are cool and all, the women are pretty freaking amazing too, show more of them next year!) watching to see where Kara and Deena were in the race.
Messages between Ann and I were as follows:
omg omg omg
Sara’s still in 3. What a good debut
I just can’t believe they’re running with their flags. Ummm, you just ran a MARATHON!
That’s my favourite to see. The unadulterated tears of joy? Yeah. Me too.
I want to see Kara finish.
When I saw Deena cross the finish line ahead of Kara, my heart sunk. I knew she was ahead of Deena for much of the race as Deena dropped from the lead pack pretty early on.
I saw in front of my TV, quiet and waiting. Waiting to see Kara cross that finish line. And when I saw her? Tears.
Her head bob, two strides up, two strides down, meant it was rough. I do that when I’m pushing and have nothing left to give. I’m sure every runner who saw her finish hurt for her.
It was so obvious she was crying as she came across that finish line.
My heart broke for her and was so proud of her in that same moment.
After the men finished and I caught my breath I went into my kitchen to cook some breakfast. Then I heard the commentator was about to interview Kara and I about flew into the living room.
The second I saw her I started crying.
Bawling might be the more appropriate word.
I may be crying again as I write this. Damn.
When he son, Colt, kissed her cheek and told her not to cry I was done. Just. Done.
On Sunday, in that race, in the struggle to the finish line, Kara connected with near every runner out there. I’m certain we’ve all been there. We’ve all had bad runs and many of us have had bad races. They suck. They’re when you want to cry, sit down and give up.
I have a number of pictures of me crying during my marathon. I nearly called a friend because I wanted to quit. It sucked and I hurt.
But I made it through.
In that moment? It was a bad run. It sucked. I wanted to quit. I didn’t quit.
There are definitely good runs. Runs where everything just falls into place. Runs where you can’t believe you’re holding the pace you are and your body gives everything to you.
Then there are the bad runs. Those runs where you need to be mentally strong to push through because your body just isn’t working like you want.
These runs, while they may suck in the moment, make you so much stronger when you come back. So, while the run itself may have been bad, I believe there is so much to be learned from an off day or an off race that helps you to come back stronger.
Post inspired by this weeks Fit Dish topic “What’s the difference between an average vs. awesome workout/run?”
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