I had so many friends racing this weekend, several of them running their first marathon. It was awesome to watch the results come in and see their pictures! It was so exciting I have signed up for three races that will take place over the next two months, this does not include the two I am already registered in 2014.
My husband and I were invited to a wedding this past weekend that was several hours away, because we are planning and paying for our own daughters wedding, and because of my husbands recent health issues we decided to forgo the cost of attending the wedding and just send a gift. Three race fees later, I am thinking it would have been cheaper to go to the wedding.
It is no wonder so much of our country struggles with weight and health issues, the cost of healthy is expensive. I pay for boot camp, I pay for race fees, I have running “gear” including shoes, and I like to buy fresh and organic. I told myself when I quite smoking I would save money, not so much, not only is this lifestyle just as expensive, but now I am going to live longer and need to have more money :).
OK, those are all of my random thoughts for the day. I am better than halfway through my workout and blogging challenge and still going strong. Today was a short run, boot camp tomorrow, and so on for the rest of the week. Next weekend I am doing a 1/4 Marathon, the following weekend a 15K, all leading up to another half in December. Hope no one wants any fancy Christmas presents this year.
I have been thinking for the past day about how far I am willing to go with my running. This past weekend two women that I know participated in long distance events; one in an Ironman and the other in her first marathon. I can tell you now that an Ironman will not happen for me; the swimming part of it completely freaks me out; not that I cannot swim, just that swimming for anything more than leisure seems too stressful.
The marathon on the other hand, this has crossed my mind as a possibility more than once. Am I anywhere near ready for it? No. Could I be at some time in the future? Sure.
So far I have only completed one half marathon and several shorter races; my longest training run, only 12 miles. None of this physically prepares me for a marathon; running and training have however mentally given the courage to consider it.
I did have one first this weekend. I ran in the rain. The weather in our area called for rain all weekend, so after waiting a few hours on Saturday morning for it to stop I decided just to go for it. It was a good run, I actually did not mind at all that it was raining; I do have to figure out how to use my MP3 player in the rain mine did not hold up well and I put it away about a half mile into my run. Might not seem like a big deal running in the rain, but to me it was the first time I was so itching to run that nothing else mattered; and my next run is all I have thought about since, that will be tomorrow AM.
Do you push through your limitations? Whether your limitations are physical or mental; what do you do to keep going? I think of it this way – If I am suffering that is certainly not the time to stop, it is the time to push, and on the other side of that push is victory, comfort, and satisfaction :).
And lastly, a lot of what I have accomplished is because of my support system, the two women I mentioned at the beginning of this writing are both part of that system, both of these women along with others I know have shared both their victories and their setbacks which are equally effective in inspiring me to keep going.