“[We promised] that fear would not control us, and that the spirit of Boston would win over hate and terrorism. Why am I running Boston? How could I not?” -Julia R
It’s been quite a training season getting ready for Boston. I’m ecstatic to be running on Monday. So many emotions come into play. This isn’t just another marathon. This one is special. I’ve earned my way into it and I couldn’t be happier to be there this year to help Boston heal and to celebrate all that they’re overcome. I want to honor victims, the first responders, the strangers that are now bonded for life. I want to celebrate them.
As with all training seasons I have, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs. There’s been a lot of personal changes in my life and I’ve had to work running around all of that. I resigned from my job in NJ, rented out my house, took a job in MD, and moved to MD. All within two months. And that was the start of my training season. I was coming back from a busted fall training season where I had a DNS for Marine Corps Marathon because of a few broken ribs. I was slow to get back into it. I took my time and told myself to be patient. Eventually, the speed started to come back. The endurance started to show up. It took quite a bit. And I had trouble fathoming running a few 20 plus mile runs this time around. It seemed impossible. But it wasn’t. I had to relearn how to work running into my new life. With all the kinks in my new schedule, I did the best I could do. And that is what I’ll be working with on Monday and the most I can ask of myself. But the Boston Marathon isn’t about me – it’s about the people and the city. I am honored to be a part of helping Boston heal.
Welp, it’s that time of year when runners look back at all the miles the logged in 2013, the PR’s they got, the hurdles they’ve overcome. And tomorrow begins a new year with new goals.
Last year or even the last training season may have come with some challenges. Those challenges are what will make you better going forward. Use them as lessons to build upon to make you a stronger runner. We all have lessons we can take from the past and apply that to running (and to life) going forward. But, it’s also important to not waste energy and emotion on what has already happened. Look ahead.
Regardless of what your goals are for next year and where you are headed; remember what you went through last year or last training season will only make you stronger this time around. Take the old, and learn from it.
Yes, I’m a few days late on my ‘giving thanks’ post; but we should be thankful everyday so in that case this post is perfect timing.
It’s so easy for runners to be hard on themselves and to see what they’re missing out on. But we need to take a step back and be thankful for how far we’ve come and be appreciative for those that helped us get there. So I’m dedicating this post to all of you who have helped me the past few years. Without your support, I wouldn’t be where I am today and I’m grateful to have such wonderful family and friends.
So here goes, my list of what I’m thankful for (as it relates to running):
1. Supporters and volunteers at races. You guys are what gets us to the finish line. If you can’t run, you should come out and support those that can – the energy is contagious.
2. Hills. I have such a love/hate relationship with hills. But the reason I’m thankful for them this year is because I didn’t spend much time on them in 2013 and I’m thankful that I can still have speedy legs without them. (Don’t do as I do though….you should run hills.)
3. Naps. I’m pretty sure the thought of taking a nice afternoon nap
after a long run is the only reason I ever make it out the door for a run.
4. Cuffins on winter jackets. Best invention ever. Gloves are great; but I always want to get rid of them halfway through a run.
5. Food. I will always have a torrid love affair with food.
What are you fellow runners thankful for this year?