Words Fitly SpokenPosted on May 13th, 2013 3 comments
I am a runner … and I haven’t felt that way in a very long time. Don’t take that wrong - I don’t define myself as a runner. I learned to let that definition go when I set aside training for my first marathon to have knee surgery.
Saturday, I ran from the Old Village to the top of the Bridge and back. Running across the Cooper River Bridge is one of my favorite things to do. Hot, cold, windy, raining - I enjoy it. Saturday - not so much. I was frustrated with losing running fitness - over a year’s time. A lot of self-talk about being patient with the process, reminding myself that I’m starting over in many ways, that I want to avoid injury - none of it helped. I got back to the start and felt a bit defeated.
Tonight, I pulled out my running clothes and fished in my bag for my GPS watch and realized I left it at home. I almost didn’t run because I didn’t have the stinkin’ watch with me. How stupid is that? (Contrary to what Coach Noah says, runs that are not recorded still count.)
I bumped into a friend as I left to run and though I didn’t realize it at the time, our conversation was a huge encouragement to me. About half-way through my run, I arrived at Alhambra Hall and grabbed a drink of water. As I began running again I realized I felt pretty good. The run wasn’t effortless but I didn’t feel like I was struggling. I felt great! I felt like a runner. I texted my close friends at the end - I AM A RUNNER!
Some takeaways from tonight’s run.
- If you planned to run, run.
- When the opportunity is there, spend a few minutes with someone that loves you - you never know what you’ll receive in return.
- Every run counts.
- Pay no heed to doubt, defeat, or discouragement.
- Running does not define you - good or bad. Running shapes you.
Your run definitely counts! Don’t worry about the watch, I just got one of those. I trained for 5 half marathons without one, it’s not a “need”. Like ipods, sometimes technology is more trouble than it’s worth anyway :).
I love running and spontaneously seeing friends, especially when they know you or call your name. It’s great encouragement- and I will *always* stop in a training run to chat. Always :).
My first (and only) half marathon was the Chicago Rock n’ Roll Half and I fell in love with the RnR sieres! It’s a GREAT first half marathon experience, I’m excited for you!!!