I am running this weekend, you know" post. I really do appreciate each and every comment! Dear hubby ended up doing well and you can see that HERE. And yes, I will try to get some ocean pictures up on my blog soon. And yes, if you have a longer race on 2/29/12 you can count your 2.9 splits for the Leap Year Virtual Run.
Second, a thought popped into my head last night. Actually, it was a quote from a movie and although I can see the actors, I can't remember the name. Essentially it was "you can't lead because you have never lost" or something along those lines. I have been thinking hard on that concept and totally agree.
I don't know about you but the runners that inspire me the most are the ones that have "lost". And here I don't mean coming in last per se or losing the gold but the ones who have paid a larger price. For example, the runners who have cut their runs short and not achieved what was on their training plan because their kiddos woke up from a nap, got sick at school, it is the end of the school day, or just can't take it anymore. These runners rock because they accept "defeat", push themselves, and find a way to keep getting out there to run.
And what about all the runners who have been injured and couldn't run? These guys and gals are true heroes because they have had to endure not running for x-amount of time, didn't go utterly crazy or perhaps they did, and got back to it when they could.
In addition, I know there are other runners out there like me that drag themselves out of bed at 4:00 am to get a long run in while they can because later in the day, it won't be able to happen. Trust me, I'm not saying I am a hero but it is hard and can bug the beziggins (I just made that up) out of you on a day like today when I inadvertently overslept so those 10 miles will have to be tomorrow. Argh!
There are so many runners out there going above and beyond and I am inspired by these runners. So I am sorry if I am not overly sympathetic when a runner who hasn't dealt with these type of things wants more sympathy for the simple fact that running is hard and hurts. Yes it is and yes it does. That is what makes it wonderful.
Okay, I am off of my soap box. I guess the oversleeping and terrible dreams got the best of me...that and number three.
a family missing a dear loved one, an 8-year old child in Texas fighting for his life (my sister knows the family and hearing the story broke my heart), and an 80+ woman holding on desperately not willing to let go yet. My friend is by her mom's side, hospice is there, and this has been a long sad story that started over a year ago with a stroke. Really, my life is great and I know that. So why can't I stop worrying over bills? Why can't I just have faith and all will turn out fine with darling daughter's birthday party? (She really wants friends from school to come and I fear they won't. I don't really know the parents and I am a worry wort. I just don't want her to be hurt.)
All in all, what I need right now is a good roadside run where I can process all my emotions and scream out if I want. Yes, I have done that a couple of times.....when I found out my dad had leukemia and that it wasn't looking good in terms of treatment and when I was processing Sherry Arnold's story in my second run over a week ago. Try it sometime, it feels good.....
Today I am grateful for:
- Being able to vent and let loose all my emotions on a blog
- My dear hubby completing his first marathon
- Folded clothes
- Blog comments....really, thank you!