So, Sunday while running Nike in San Fran I was SUPER excited when I started, but for some reason my mind was feeding me not so positive thoughts which really put a damper on my dream race:
Then, I’d snap myself back to reality and focus and do it and push through. Those hills weren’t easy, the whole race was the most rewarding, mentally exhausting and physically exhausting race I’ve ever done (and I want to say this was close to my 8th 1/2 marathon and probably close to my 13th race…)
The last hill was 1.5 miles up at mile 10-11.5. I could have stopped, I could have quit, the pain was setting in throughout my whole body, my lungs were about to explode from pushing myself up and up. My legs were about to stop and cramp – but…
I saw all the signs on the side of the road as we were running up, the people cheering at the hardest part, those telling us that we are inspiring them as we were running that hill, that race, just being there…. I set my mind forward that I CAN DO THIS, I WILL DO THIS. I WILL conquer this beast of a hill. I WILL FINISH this race no matter what! I’m going to PUSH myself despite being SO UNCOMFORTABLE & in pain. I trained, I had GOALS and I KNEW that if I QUIT I was going to be SO mad at myself and would beat myself up for all those months of training, all those hundreds and hundreds of miles I’ve already ran. I couldn’t disappoint myself, so I pushed through and made it and got to the top and it was a breeze to bottom…
I DIDN’T QUIT! It was hard YES, but it was SO rewarding to cross that finish line at my fastest time yet and have that feeling of accomplishment in myself
and the necklace & firemen at the end were an added bonus wink emoticon
So my piece of advice is – take that initial step. It may be a hard decision, it WILL not be easy, you’re going to have great moments and HARD uncomfortable moments, but once you reach that goal or the finish line – IT’S ALWAYS WORTH IT!