Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Life…After Marathon.

Happy Memorial Day.

Today I went with Red to her gym. We were pressed for time and only had 35 min to run before the childcare closed. I planned to run 3 miles but soon realized that I did have time for 4, if I were so inclined. So I ran 4 miles in 34:47. I was drenched in sweat and it felt goooood. We went back to her house where I did lunges in her back yard and even did a few with a small human on my back. Talk about OUCH! Once I got home I finished up with Ab Ripper P90X.

**Warning: Emotional Girl Blogging to Follow…

There are times in life where you just have to take a breather. Well actually, breathing is kind of a necessity, but you know what I mean. You just need to sit back and evaluate. Evaluate everything. When I look back over the past 8 months of my life I am amazed, among other things. I have had so many ups and even more downs that I can hardly fathom them myself…thus the need for evaluation.

Sometimes I just need to prove to myself that I am strong enough. That is what my first marathon was to me, proof. I needed that marathon. It was proof that I am strong, healthy, alive, fit, and able. Proof that I can do anything and overcome anything. Proof that no matter how hard it is I can do it. No matter how difficult it is I can overcome it. No matter what, I will get from point A to point B, start to finish…I have to, I can, and I will. And sometimes there is just no choice, you do what you have to do.

I wonder if having completed a marathon gives me an unfair advantage in life? You know like I have a secret weapon that I should disclose, “…Yes but I must warn you before you challenge me, I have run a marathon. That is a full 26.2 miles.” Challenges don’t look the same as they did a little over a month ago. In the beginning of April the mere thought of 26.2 miles was unfathomable, far, scary…unknown. But today, I have a new perspective.

My dad, me and Little Buddy after OKC Marathon

Ok Trip April 2010 024 Today I am grateful for:

Family.

21 comments:

  1. Supppperrrr hummmmannnnnn I love it! and I think 26.2 gives you a very worthy title!

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  2. Setting and reaching new goals... that's what makes life worth living!

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  3. Love this post!!! What a great picture of you and your family :)

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  4. That is a great way to look at life..especially when things are tough. I think it will always remind you that with planning, perseverance and passion, nothing is impossible.

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  5. hehe
    I love the idea of a secret weapon. A little ace up your sleeve. When a challenge arrives on the horizon, you now have a secret well of strength to draw upon that others do not (yet) have.
    You've answered the question that we all have to find an answer to at some point - Do I Have It In Me?

    The answer is yes. Yes, you do.

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  6. Darn right sister... Hey but you forgot that you have run a half marathon in less than 2 hours, which also makes you pretty darn amazing!!

    Hugs to making it from start to finish.. CAll/text/email if you need ANYTHING!

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  7. Not only did you run a full marathon, but you did a half a week later. It's so true that you feel like running a marathon gives you some special powers or something. I love it...thanks for the great blog.

    So proud of you!

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  8. Congrats on your marathon and yes, you deserve to use it as a secret weapon, you worked hard for it! :)

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  9. Great reflection and hoping that I can steal that "Before you mess with me, you should know.." line soon.

    Amazing journey!

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  10. Such an accomplishment! Your journey to get there has been amazing! RELEASE the SECRET WEAPON!

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  11. Ahhh I love the whole "just warning you before you challenge me I completed a marathon" :D I love that... I'm going to use it :D

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  12. That's a great attitude! :)

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  13. Yes! Having run a marathon DOES give you a secret weapon!

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  14. "An unfair advantage in life.." -- I like it. I would think so. It means you're one tough cookie and can do anything as long as you set your mind to it. I'm still in training for my first marathon. I hope I feel as strong as you when I'm finished!

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  15. I love the "secret weapon" idea. It's definitely a good reminder to one's self when you're feeling a lack of confidence...just whispering to yourself..."but you've run a marathon...this is gonna be a piece of cake!" really does help!! Great post!

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  16. Running a marathon definitely gives you a secret weapon! Congrats!!!!

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  17. Wow you are amazing!! I wish I could run like you can. Do you do all of the P90X or just the ab session?

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  18. That is exactly why I challenged myself to run the marathon. And also because my husband and I have been living apart for two years (he's in the military) and running was the only thing I had total control over. It saved me!

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You're pretty much awesome!!

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