There aren't many days in a persons life that can trump the moment you meet your idol.
|Just another typical Friday for Chicago Runner Girl...hanging out with Deena Kastor|
Yesterday was that day for me.
I am always amazed by how normal (some) elite athletes are. This crazy fast woman who holds the women's American record in the marathon at an incredible 2:19:36, is the only American woman to ever run sub 2:20. Yet, she still walks around expos wondering in and out of booths just like the rest of us like she is no big deal. Deena is an Asics sponsored athlete that even waited in line to pay for a pair of gloves that she could have otherwise gotten for free.
This woman has been my running idol for the past 12 years where I noticed her immediately. Never thought I was one to be in awe of people, I mean I think we are pretty much all the same, but this woman had me more flustered than I have ever been in my life.
I started to sweat, my heart was racing, and I turned into that creepy fan that no one ever wants to become.
By the time I was able to gather myself to meet this awesome lady, my mouth was incapable of formulating sentences and I had the most terrible case of word vomit my life has ever seen. I have no idea what I even said to her, but it more than likely made absolutely no sense. But she embraced me just as if we were old pals anyways.
And it. was. AWESOME.
Just what I needed.
Being truthful, all the marathon hype surrounding me lately has begun to wear me down a bit. The non-stop questioning about if I'm running this year or not which is always followed by "what's your goal" and "what's your PR" from people who aren't familiar with my situation has been exhausting. Trying to explain that there is no goal seems to be a foreign idea to a lot of runners.
Honestly, I want to race the marathon tomorrow but I can't. And that is no ones fault but my own for being a dumb-dumb and not taking time off when I should have earlier in the year. Tomorrow is going to be a bittersweet experience for me where a small piece of my heart is still bummed about having to take a pass on going for that PR.
Talking to Deena yesterday about how she has been on the DL since the trials due to back pains where she has only been able to get back into her normal training routine recently was oddly comforting to me. There she is, all speedy and cool holding records and winning races as a professional athlete where she has had to shelf some of her goals as well to take care of herself. Not that I will ever be on the same level as her, but it is always comforting to know that elites have to take a time out every now and than too to take care of themselves.
Deena will once again have her day, and so will I.
On to marathon #7!