March 31, 2015 vs. March 31, 2016
Wow. How far I’ve come and how much has happened in a year of running.
I remember a year ago sitting on my balcony in the West End in Vancouver, tears streaming down my face, feeling completely numb to life.
I was 20 lbs heavier on the outside than I am now, and wrestling with some even heavier daemons on the inside…
In a year of massive life change and growth, running has been my constant, my rock, my meditation, my compass, and my church; and I’m so very grateful for every morsel of pavement that’s gone under each step of my feet.
If you’re ready to embark on a year of running to change your life (which I highly recommend!) here are the top five things I’ve learned:
1. There will be pain – and a lot of it.
Muscles, toes, blisters, chaffing…you name it. And that’s only from the running! Don’t even get me started on the pain from IMS, massage, chiropractor… I’ve started looking at it as my right of passage. Get through it however you can, but don’t kid yourself, it’ll be there.
2. There will be joy – and a lot of it.
I really don’t have the words to say just how much a feeling of joy I find in finishing a long run knowing that I just ran farther than any other time in my life.
I don’t think that we give ourselves a lot of opportunity in our daily lives to feel the immense joy of accomplishment. We do the same thing thing day in and day out, never getting out of our comfort zones.
Even the joy in finishing a 5k on a day when I really don’t feel like leaving the house is enough to make me feel like a boss!
3. You’ll want to quit. But don’t. Trust me. Don’t.
This is so very much how I feel right now. I’m two long runs away from finishing my marathon training and last Sunday I had one of the best but also one of the worst runs of my life. I’ve been taking really great care of my body, but for some reason, out of the blue, old aches and pains came back along with some new ones. I still finished the run but, my goodness, how badly I wanted to quit and never ever ever run again.
I got into my physiotherapist’s office ASAP and got back on my feet running as soon as I could.
So many times in this past week I’ve just wanted to give up. Really, what is the point of running 26.2 miles in a single shot anyway?
For me, it’s just to say I did it. To prove to myself that I could follow through on something so big and finish. I want to know what that feels like.
There are times to quit in life – like if something feels like you’re trying to put a square peg into a round hole – but this isn’t one of them. I’m too close to finishing to quit.
Don’t quit. Just don’t. Keep going.
See you on the trails, and happy running, friends!
Days until Marathon: 29