Do you do this?
This marathon was particularly challenging for me. I knew going into the Big Sur Marathon that I would need to prepare myself for hills. Lots of hills, uphills and downhills. Living in the Chicago area, there just isn't a lot of opportunity for hill training. With my coach Becky, we worked on a solid training plan that would get me ready.
And then a major flare up of plantar fasciitis. So painful, I couldn't walk, much less run. I was forced to alter my training plan significantly. Along with my mileage, my confidence took a nose dive. Was I going to have to DNS this bucket list race? And if I was able to get there, would I have to DNF? I had to dig deep to get myself to the start line. Could I put my fears aside and run? Would my desire, determination, and past experience with the distance be enough?
You all know the outcome of my marathon. If you haven't read my recap, you can read that here. Still feeling so grateful, I've started easing into running again while I continue to recover. I've had plenty of time to reflect on this training cycle and my race. I'm proud that I didn't shy away from the challenge ahead of me. It would have been so much easier to DNS than it was to continue to train through injury. But I don't give up easily. Fortunately this was an injury I could train with. I was determined to run this thing, even if it meant training with time off the road and in the pool. Putting all my doubts and fears aside, I crossed the finish line triumphantly.
What did I learn from this experience? I learned that all those mantras we lean on have a lot of significance.
It's not about finish times, it's about finish lines.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough.
Step outside of your comfort zone. Nothing good ever happens there.
|This is hill training when you have no hills to train on...|
Never limit where running can take you.
|Or yoga. Warrior 2 on the rocks of Big Sur.|
I can do hard things.
I like to think that running the Big Sur Marathon has made me a little more fearless. Every race I run makes me stronger. I never want to go through life afraid of a challenge. I don't want my life to be limited by my fears. I want to be strong. I want to be brave. I want to be confident.
I can do hard things.
It's a work in progress. I still need to figure out that middle of the marathon nausea thing..
What lessons have you learned from a race? Do you think running makes you more fearless?
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