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Saturday, January 7, 2012

I had to run nine miles this morning. It was not easy. It was not fun. And somewhere around mile 6.5, I had to start asking myself, "Why am I doing this?" 

Let's talk about what went wrong: 
1. My legs, although running at a fast and furious pace, did not seem to be propelling me forward.
2. I had a hard time talking myself through it with encouraging words, so instead I started, OUT LOUD, saying things that I was seeing. "Snow." "Cars." "Rocks." I am not kidding. 
3. Around mile 5, my left knee started throbbing. I was unsure if this was due to the run or the small (read: GIANT) tumble I took on New Year's Eve. Regardless, it went numb a few miles later, so, I suppose that's something that went right. 
4. The all black running outfit was attracting a little more sun than I would have liked... making my normal amount of sweat intensified, even in winter. 
5. My iPod wasn't shuffling anything inspiring. Nine mile run = 91 songs. (For the record, I didn't LISTEN to all 91 songs. I'm slow, I'm not THAT slow.)

Let's talk about what went right: 
1. I got the run done. Nine miles is nine miles, even if it's not pretty. 

I think it's time to remind myself why I'm paying money to run for 13.1 miles. 
1. I am doing this to take on a challenge. 
2. I am doing this to prove to myself that I can do this.
3. I am doing this so I can eat an entire Hacienda mudslide by myself in one sitting and not gain weight. 
4. I am doing this because the feeling of accomplishment after a long run is like nothing I've ever experienced. 
5. I am doing this because there are so many people -- young, old, and in between -- that never get the chance to run a half because of physical limitations. I am running this for every person who CAN'T. 

Well, crap. Number 5 is why I keep going... even when my legs feel like jello. Must. Remember. This.

2 comments:

  1. Ice that knee and take Advil, lady! Protect the joints that will get you through this! Congrats on the 9 miles! Can't wait to celebrate at the finish line! DPH here we come!

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  2. Great job for pushing through! I agree, ice & anti-inflammatory. It's funny, I kind of adopted the same theory awhile ago that you did. I tell myself I run because "I can" and I run for those who can't! My dad passed away in 2007, he had COPD & congestive heart failure & it was very difficult for him to breathe at times. My sister just told me 12-20-2012 she has lung cancer & her biggest problem is that it's hard to breathe. So I think of her when I want to quit and I keep going :)

    Angela, when you cross that finish line & they hang that medal around your neck you are going to be soooo amazed! Your legs/feet might hurt so much you'll say I'm never doing that again. Then, you'll be on the computer hunting for your next race...lol. I want to see pics of that medal when you get it!!!

    I think I'm going to run the Geist half marathon in Indy 5-19-2012. I had several I was looking at & I think this is the one I want.
    P.S.
    You know you'll be ready for another one by then :)))

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