May 15, 2014

Thoughts from Wednesday's Run

The alarm went off at 4:44.  I immediately grabbed my phone, swatting at the screen aimlessly to make the incessant ringing stop.  At least for another 9 minutes.  It rang again.  And then once more.  At 5:12, I mustered the energy to roll over and sit up in bed, clumsily turning on the lamp on my bedside table.  My training called and I was reminded of my PR attempt later this fall.  I'm not officially in marathon training yet, but I have been slacking lately and I'm trying to get back in a groove.

20 minutes later I was out the door, clad in green shorts, my 2011 Princess Half Marathon shirt, my Garmin, New Balance 860s, and other accessories.  My legs felt tired and I could tell hunger would strike soon.  I didn't feel like eating anything before I left so I snagged a few sips of nuun to try to stave off the rumbles as long as possible. 

The first half mile was rough.  My legs were tired, both of my knees were making me aware of their (achy) presence, and I was wondering if I would be able to get the progression (each mile descending in pace) that I had planned.

A half mile later, I felt my watch vibrate and I checked the pace.  8:48.  Not bad for my "warm up" mile and for a moment, I was nervous that I would be able to bring down the pace for 3 more miles while my legs were fatigued.

And then I thought about Dopey training.  And Marine Corps training.  And every other tough training cycle I've endured.  And suddenly the fatigue and aches in my legs started to dissipate. 

I thought about paces for this weekend's upcoming 5k.  I worked out my outfit for the race.  And then, like many runs, my thoughts drifted to the marathon (aka Marine Corps).  I have recently found myself thinking about that day more frequently.  Part of it is due to the fact that I genuinely miss my MCM buddies, Danielle and Lisa.  Part of it is my impending marathon training for Richmond this fall.  Part of it is the simple fact that that day still fills my mind with overwhelming happy thoughts.  I have talked at length (here, here, and here) about the race and the emotions surrounding it.  That day forever changed me.  In the best way imaginable.  I still remember many of the moments clearly and I hope that never changes. 

When I can zone out and daydream about Marine Corps, the miles tick by, my pace increases, and I find myself wearing a goofy grin.  I know there will never be another race like Marine Corps but the excitement and triumph of that day forever motivate me to get back on the horse, err training cycle, and try for another magical marathon.  After all, Richmond could bring the tally to three.

{Christine}

12 comments:

  1. I love it when runs just come together like that! Great job Christine!

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    1. Thanks Mindy! Me too...it's been a long time coming

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  2. I had a similar run shortly after Marathon Weekend. During my run, I had flashbacks to running my first half marathon, and it carried me forward through my run even though my body just wasn't feeling it that day. The more I reminisced, the easier the run felt. Just keep thinking back to Marine Corps and remember that you're capable of anything that you put your mind to!

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    1. Isn't great how the best races can fill your heart and mind with joy while you're out for a run?! And thank you for the reminder about mind over matter. I may need that during my 5k this weekend as I know I'm not as well-trained as I would like to be.

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  3. Never judge a run by the first couple of miles :0) I love when a rough run in the beginning turns amazing by the end! Awesome job!

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    1. Truer words have never been spoken! I know that I have a tough time ditching the negative thoughts early in a run...usually towards the end I can power through a bit. I'm glad I didn't quit on Wednesday :)

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  4. Just reading this and remembering those previous posts got me all darn teary again! :)

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    1. Aww thanks Kimberley! It's hard for me to not dwell (in a positive way) on that race day. :)

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  5. It takes me back to my first marathon, all the good moments at Disney! I'm so glad you were able to relive those moments of glory and that your run came together.

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  6. I love that even though a run can start off on a bad note, it can end with a smile. It's amazing how the thoughts of a great run or race can turn it all around :) Way to go!

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  7. I seriously need to get back in my running groove...next run I'm channeling MCM, hopefully that'll help!

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