Train like a winner- never give up

“Of course it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Hard is what makes it great.”

— Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), from the film A League Of Their Own

My husband and I ran an 11 mile training run this weekend in preparation for our half marathon. It tested my pain capacity with my knee having just come off of surgery in late May. Yes, I am sore today, but a little stretching and walking around should help cure the soreness before we get back out there to or row for another run. Now for the record, I do not intend to do an all out run of the whole half, but I do intend to finish standing up. We, for the majority of the run did a three minute run and one minute walk, but in areas where we were uncertain about the surroundings we continued running. You just don’t know what or who is lurking around these days.

I have to say, there was one spot that I did not think I was going to make it though. It was around mile 10 and the wind was pushing into me in a wide open area. I felt like I couldn’t breathe at all and my legs were very heavy. I wanted to just throw it all in at that moment but I couldn’t very well sit right down on the curb between the Tractor Supply company and the brewery across the street. It was crazy busy, so I had to keep moving. Dead legs or not I had to keep going.

I am thankful to have finished in 2hours and 18 minutes and know now that we will be able to finish the 13.1 miles. We have the ability to fight through the pain associated with wind blowing at us, walk when you need too, and always, ALWAYS push forward.

“You got this!” My mantra. I know that I can do anything as long as I put 110% of myself into it.


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