Four weeks of training ended today and in that time I ran 75 miles and the training will continue for a total of 16 weeks. That is simply amazing to this stay-at-home mom and wife. Let me be clear about who I am. I would never call myself an athlete and the people who work at the gym I had a membership at wouldn't be able to recognize me if I walk up to them with a name tag on. Get the picture? There is nothing outstanding or extraordinary about me. People that know me are shocked when they hear I am running a marathon.
Today I ran a 5k sponsored by my church. Before I left to start my run, Becky, a friend walked up to me who had been following me on face book, and said she was so proud of me. I needed those words before the race began. I know it was just 3.2 miles and last Saturday I had run 9 miles in the rain. However, the thought of running in front of so many people that knew me was scary. What if I fell or just ran out of energy or what if I came in last? Later Becky asked Jenn how she got me to run 9 miles at one time. Doesn't that question alone just sum it up enough?
If you had asked me four weeks ago if I could run nine miles I would have giggled and said no way but 'way' it happened and in the rain. Today's run was a bit harder because it was 89 outside and I always run at 5 am well before the Texas heat starts in but even with the heat, I ran a total of 7 miles today. That doesn't mean I didn't want to give up and in fact once with less than a mile to go I stopped. The urge to quit was over whelming. I was sweating and it seemed too hard to go on. I hit that emotional and mental block that told me I couldn't do it. I had to just shhhs it and start running again otherwise I would still be standing less than a mile from my house.
"Remember to put one foot in front of the other." That is the truth and not just in running. I have been working on writing for years but mostly just haphazardly. Not with conviction or any sort of consistent drive. One foot in front of the other crosses over into your daily life and your life goals. How often do we give up our dreams because it seems like we can't obtain it.
Alternatively, we put off something that we needed to do because it just seemed overwhelming. If we would just plod on with one foot in front of the other, we could accomplish so much. You see running slow is effective because it still gets you where you want to go. Are you moving one foot in front of the other to reach your goals or just to complete a task you want to put off until later?