"If running were easy, it would lose it's seduction as an exclusive club reserved for the fit and tenacious. If it were easy, tens of thousands of people who pay money to register for local 10k runs or who commit hung chunks of time to train their bodies to withstand the pounding of an ultra-marathon would choose other, more challenging pursuits. Yes, running is hard, and that is exactly what makes it so irresistible to those of us luck enough to understand."
Running the Edge
8 days ago I drug my overworked and pooped out body to the 13.1 Chicago. Before the gun even went off, I had already felt like my body covered those 13.1 miles and was pretty sure that the miles awaiting me were going to be some of the most trying ones I had yet to cover in my life. Turns out that even when you are in the drivers seat calling all of the shots with your training, it doesn't necessarily mean that you make the most logical calls all of time time and you're more then likely bound to make even more mistakes.
But, I've said it before and I'll say it again...
I learn more from the times in life when I fall flat on my face. Where my goal seems so far out of reach and light years away. Where I jump from the safety net of my own comfort zone to chase down something crazy only to rely on my faith. Those are the moments I live for.
Growth only happens in moments of risk where the vulnerability of the task ahead makes you feel naked and delicate.
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If every conquest a heart set out to prevail over came without challenge or obstacle, why would one do it? Breaking that 1:25 barrier in the half marathon would become meaningless to me where sought after dreams would hold little to no significance. We would all merely be elite athletes and superstars where the adventure of the masterpiece being created within our own lives would become just another unappreciated moment of the day.
"You can't become a winner overnight, or even in a couple of years-it takes time... You will lose races and you will have to accept that, learn from it and believe that you'll win the next one, knowing that you'll probably lose that as well. All the time you have to keep believing that one day you will win."
Paula RadcliffeAfter 8 days of rest, I'm ready for a fresh start and to brave the elements with my new found lessons in tow as my smitten heart sets out for newly inspired adventures.
tomorrows another day,
and i'm thirsty anyway,
so bring on the rain.