by Mommy Hobbies
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In my napsack stash
First 6 miles.
So, marathon training said my easy 6 was supposed to happen on Saturday. Saturday happened to be gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous and I didn’t get to run. *weep* My schedule was wonky due to D needing to be at a certain place at a certain time, so I had to watch the kids. I fretted and told myself that I would just run in the evening. That didn’t happen either.
See this is where you can either make excuses or make it work. I made it work. Saturday slipped away and early Sunday morning I rolled out of bed at 6. Made myself an egg on a piece of toast, did warmups and headed out on that 6 mile run before church.
Humid. Hilly. Hint of rain.
It started out good, I ran without my ipod and used the time to focus on God and other things, like my running form. 6 miles of me, my legs, the country air and my determination. Whenever I go on my long runs, I can’t help but reflect. There are so many thoughts that course through my mind and it feels good to sort through them.
I have names for different legs of my running routes. On this particular route there is a mile and a half where it’s *go time*. As soon as I turn onto B road, it isn’t a road anymore it’s my “Feel Good” leg. This is the part of my run where I talk myself up, refocus my energy, readjust my pace and dig in. Feel good. After Feel Good, there is the “No Stopping Zone”. In that zone, I can not stop, it happens to be the last .6 miles to my house. It’s there, that no matter HOW tired, HOW hot, HOW weak, I will.not.stop. I’ve wretched on that road That road is where all of my excuses breathe their last breath and I win. That’s the stretch that makes me stronger.
I win. 6 beautiful miles before church and I’m still on track.
Thank you to my most recent sponsor who pushed me closer to my goal!! I need ONE more for this month and I’m in the safe zone.
Will you help me? (for those of you who do not know, I am running the New York Marathon!!)
Please, click HERE for details and the link to donate, if you do choose to donate, please let me know so I can send you a thank you note. I would mean the world to me!