I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. I’ve been thinking about just how grateful I am for the opportunity to run the New York Marathon with Asics. I’ve been thinking about how grateful I am for a husband that has been so supportive and for the friendship and support I’ve gotten from all of you.
Without any one part of that equation, this wouldn’t be happening.
I needed this experience right now for more reasons than I knew when I agreed to do it.
I needed this to remind me just what I’m capable of. Before this, I definitely feel like I had gotten bored and uninspired. I’ve found my running voice and legs again.
I needed to do this with Asics because it’s made me more accountable. I don’t want to let them down. I don’t want to let you down. I get motivated by the idea of sharing victories with you and hoping that you’ll do the same.
I needed the support of a coach to talk me off the ledge and to help me navigate some of the questions I’ve had.
I needed the excitement of something new (well kind of new).
I needed the long runs to force me to reconnect with my local running community. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in our daily lives and to try to go it alone. That only works for so long. For me, finding that sense of community we have online locally has been such a blessing. I’ve made new friends, found a couple new running buddies and feel more pride in my running community here in STL.
I needed this to feel the humility of reaching my breaking point numerous times. It’s been awesome to know that I pushed myself there and pulled myself out.
I needed this experience to remind me of what my body is capable of. I’ve been amazed at the fact that after running 16 one day, I have found the strength and energy to run the day following. That’s been an amazing experience. It given me hope that at some point, I will finish a half ironman even though at the moment it feels like the time might never be right.
It’s not over yet, not by a long shot but I’m feeling optimistic that I’ll cross that finish line one way or another and when I do, you can be darn sure I’ll celebrate it like the accomplishment it is.
Stick with me. Know that I appreciate all the support and love. You rock!