October 9, 2015

Friday Five: My marathon motivators!

This summer has been a strange one for me. I wasn't terribly engaged in much of anything other than work. And while I was dealing with high stress and anxiety, I had several people who were standing by my side to encourage and gently remind me to take care of myself. And in the best way possible, they reminded me to keep pushing to train for Marine Corps Marathon. On some level, they were the sole reason I arrived at the taper with a semi-decent training cycle under my belt.

1. My Husband: Adam has been more patient and more kind than any one person should have to be with their new spouse. He nudged me during training, encouraged me when I was feeling down, and encouraged me to walk away from my job when I needed to.  He's logged almost as many miles as me, often riding his bike beside me when I'm out for long runs. I have no doubt that he would have rather slept or done anything other than slowly biking by my side. I am incredibly grateful for his support and tough love, when I needed it!
Ice cream break after a beach hike on the Eastern Shore! 

Enjoying the vineyards in Charlottesville on our first weekend away as a
married couple
2. My Folks: When I was thinking about leaving my job, I was really nervous to tell my parents. I was raised to never give up (famous words from my grandfather) and to work hard. I was nervous that they might not readily accept my decision or that they might be disappointed in me for taking a step back. That couldn't have been further from the truth. They checked on me regularly and provided unwavering support. And on the running front, my Mom offered a little bit of tough love which, at times I needed. She encouraged me to finish up my long runs to hit the mileage and keep focusing on stretching and foam rolling to stay healthy.

3. My friends, CyanneDanielle, and Megan: Thank goodness for wonderful girlfriends who stand by you!

Cyanne is running the Chicago Marathon this Sunday and has been incredibly dedicated to her training plan. She also manages to maintain a pretty intense job with significant responsibilities. Her dedication to her training has been incredible. Each week, I would see Cyanne's workouts posted on social media and it was a subtle reminder to me that my marathon wasn't waiting on me. I had to get out and run even if my paces or mileage weren't what I was hoping for. I don't think she ever knew this...but thanks, Cyanne! Your smiley-faced run photos always motivated me.

I am forever grateful that I have Danielle as my buddy for Marine Corps Marathon. If it hadn't been for Danielle registering for the lottery, I probably wouldn't have thrown my name in. And while there were days that I wished I hadn't entered, I'm excited to race with her again. We trade text messages during long runs, celebrate great runs, and lament crappy ones. When my training was a little askew, she never pressured me or made me feel bad.

While Megan lives hundreds of miles away, she's been a devoted friend. When I was really run down, she gently told me it was ok that I skipped my 16 mile training run in favor of rest.  She routinely checked on me and sent me cute photos of her pup when I was having a rough day. When I was deeply struggling at work, she was kind and empathetic.

4. Team Fisher House: On every single run, I thought about Team Fisher House. I pondered why I was running. I have mentioned that I often talk out loud to myself during runs (yes, I know that sounds nutty). In many cases, I would simply say to myself "do it for them" when I was tired, hurting, or simply wanted to quit. I said it enough and kept going. Being a part of a charity team is a really amazing experience. I deeply believe in this cause. It's a responsible charity. Adam knows people who have stayed there. I have friends of friends who have stayed there. Real people need this. It's a hugely impactful organization and I am so proud to wear the yellow Fisher House singlet to run the Marine Corps Marathon.

5. Fellow runners and blog readers: On a few occasions, I noticed comments on the blog or social media wondering where I was or inquiring if I would be back. At times, it made me feel guilty. It seemed like another ball that I dropped during my summer of haze and fatigue. But in reality, I love the dialogue that I have with other runners through this blog, other's blogs and social media. I have always been incredibly appreciative of the support from fellow runners. As I once wrote several years ago, "We care about each other through good runs and bad, PRs and disappointments, chafing and carbo loading.  It's a fraternity of black toenails, hydration and mind-numbing long runs.' It was true then and it's true now. 

We're linking up with the DC Trifecta of Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia. Check out who motivates them and other Friday Five bloggers!
{Christine}

If you're interested in supporting my Team Fisher House fundraiser for Marine Corps Marathon, you can check out my fundraising page here

31 comments:

  1. You've got a great support system, Christine. I have no doubt that you'll be putting your best foot forward in a couple of weeks.

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  2. I found your blog through the linkup....I'm buddies with Cyanne and I agree with your sentiments! I also have a demanding job and her dedication to both her team AND her training really inspires me, as well. It sounds like you have an amazing support system, how blessed you are!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Hi Jess, Thanks for stopping by. :) Yea Cyanne is pretty awesome! Glad to know her. I've learned that having runners in my support system is so helpful cause they just "get it."

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  3. You're amazing Christine! Sometimes we have to step back from things and that's ok as long as it's the best decision for you! And yes...I'm SOOO glad you're back!!!

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    1. Aw you are the sweetest! I'm glad to be back "chatting" with y'all!

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  4. This is an awesome post, and you're lucky to have such an incredible support team! Sounds like you're in a great place right now! :)

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    1. Yes, definitely a much better place! I keep thinking that fall is my season for me.

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  5. My parents have always been very supportive of me too. Especially with the recent events that have happened w me as well. They are our parents and they should stand by us thru the good times and the bad. Knowing that we can always go to them in a time of need always makes me feel loved. I am so greatful to have such wonderful parents.

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    1. I'm glad you have the support you need, to. It can be really scary to make big life changes.

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  6. I love this!! you definitely have a very strong support system and what a great list of motivators :) I was worried about telling my mom about my life/job changes too but she has been the most excited about what I'm doing next. It's been awesome. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one who gets nervous to break big news to their parents...

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  7. Love your support system! These are great people to have in your life! Love that you're enjoying life!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! Definitely a good time in life now.

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  8. Yay for Adam and great running friends; this is such a great list!! I know you're going to do well at MCM and, no matter what, it is an accomplishment that you've worked for and so many people will be cheering you on. Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Good perspective. I often remind myself that getting to the starting line of a marathon is a feat in itself, all time goals aside.

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  9. This is a great list. I'm glad you're back to blogging. I've missed reading your posts!

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    1. I've missed it as an outlet and a way to connect with other runners for sure!

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  10. I loved reading this. You're awesome. Are you staying in DC Sunday night? If so, I'd like to invite you to join some of us for a post race HH that night. Friends and family invited. If not, then we MUST meet before the race. I'll have my phone :)

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    1. No, we're heading back after the race. :( I wish I could join y'all - that would be so fun! But we'll coordinate at some point over the weekend.

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  11. Aw! What a sweet and kind post! You have a great support system, and they are all truly great friends to you! Your dedication, even though you may feel at times it was lacking,but to me it wasn't, inspires me to get up and do it. I am starting from scratch just to get ready again for Princess, and this week was a total and complete fail. You and your ethic remind me to not give up and push through. I am rooting for you all the way from Ohio, and look forward to hearing about the race! You rock!

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    1. I felt like I was starting from scratch for this race in many ways. It definitely isn't easy. I remember those first few runs being really tough and just wanting to walk home after half a mile or so. You have plenty of time for Princess so don't stress! :)

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  12. Hooray for a strong support system because every runner needs that. So many people other than ourselves are essential when we're working hard to get to the start of a race- then during the race and taking care of us at the finish/after. I don't even do marathons but I'm grateful for my family and husband in supporting my half and under goals. Running takes up a lot of time, a lot of time that could be spent with him, and he's ok with it. Good luck with the rest of your training!

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    1. Yes, the husbands that let us go out and exercise/run for hours are good ones! :)

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  13. Love that you have so many people cheering you on!!!

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    1. It definitely has made training for a marathon a lot more fun when you have buddies :)

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  14. I love that you have such an amazing support system surrounding you...that makes all the difference in the world!!

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    1. It does...especially when they "get" running and training for a marathon!

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  15. Great list! It is so important to have a strong support system and I love how many wonderful people you were able to include in your list :)

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    1. I've been lucky to have some great people in my life and encouraging me through this marathon training cycle.

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  16. You do have an amazing support system, that is awesome!
    I think that is one of the great parts about social media as part of your blog. When you need a break or can't find the time, you can take a few minutes and use social media instead and still stay connected and involved with your blog and friendships made on it:)

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