So much…this weekend…so much to talk about but I’ll keep it to three because after that I make no guarantees. The quality of the writing (not that it’s any good now) is assured to go down the drain. What should we talk about first?
Let’s talk about the marathon. I wok up just so I could see it and it did NOT disappoint. I watched the women’s too but didn’t leave it with as many moments to look back on. It’s funny, non-runners, don’t understand how watching someone run for over two hours is fun but it just is. This race looped three times which is crazy to think about. Mentally, I HATE loops. Give me an out and back any day…or better…point to point.
The men were great. We had three strong runners in Jared, Meb and Galen. I think Galen surprised all of us as he stayed toe to toe with the best in the world. I know there will be a talk of all the hat changes Galen did but I don’t see anything wrong with it. Jared stayed pretty consistent and kept his own. I think the story line that shocked all of us was Mebs. We know and love Meb for the humility he portrays and the skill but his perseverance had me thinking about him the rest of the day. When he stopped for the first time, my heart sank. Then he pushed again and I was cheering for him to catch the pack. If you watched you know that’s where it ended. He stopped a few more times and managed to finish which after watching him struggle is saying something. He didn’t just finish though, he finished with class and style.
It reinforced two things: Meb is still the man in my mind AND even the best have moments of mortality. In this race, he was US, the runner that struggles. The runner that pushes even when there’s nothing to push for and is proud of it. In his honor, When I ran my long today, I finished it the with Meb style!
So let’s talk about running. I’ve been chewing on the difference between “running” and “training”. For some it might mean the same thing but for me they are completely different. Going “out for a run” is casual. There are no goals, no intention…just pavement pounding. But during a “training run” there is focus, there is a need, there IS a goal. During the week, I find myself just having enough mental capacity to run. Weekends, I challenge myself more. I find more ways to get it done and it’s working at the moment.
This week it was fun to change up the scenery. It was harder to collect the miles but Thursday’s run was about the feel of the run and thinking about life.
I wrote about it a little the other day but I suck at change. For five and a half years, I’ve been a parent. A parent to pre-schoolers. I have NEVER been the parent of a school aged child and I really didn’t think it would be that different but it is. At least in my world. It’s no longer my schedule I’m trying to keep up with. It’s theirs. I spend more time prepping them for school and less time on me. I’m putting all my emotional strength into keeping them going and motivated. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There are as many mommy milestones in a child’s life as there are theirs. This one was about learning to let go a little and let him find his way. It was hard and it’s not over so let’s hope that soon I can embrace this change. My head really doesn’t want to house any more grey hair.
Monday is waiting for us on the other side of alarm so I guess I better go. What did you think of the marathon? Did you watch it? Were the mommy milestones hard for you?