Brooke spent her night doing two things:
1. Following this little dog all around the house.
2. Watching football with grandpa. I was amazed by how content she was just sitting there and watching sports.
Pork tenderloin with apple sauce (made with apples from my aunt’s yard), fruit and veggies. You really should come to our Sunday dinners one of these days because we always have the best food.
Something that I though A LOT about during my 1/2 marathon on Saturday was a conversation I had with Rachelle when we were running together a few weeks ago about trials. We were both talking about how we wouldn’t trade any of the trials that we have had because they have shaped us to be the people we are today.
They have taught us to dig deep. To never quit. To push forward when it gets unbearable. It has taught us in our running that when you are feeling so exhausted and like you can’t possibly move forward, you just do. Trials teach us that we have been through things WAY worse than feeling tired during a race or run and that helps us dig deep and keep going when we want to quit.
On Saturday I kept thinking that if I could push forward through the last few months like I have then I could surely push through a silly race to get a PR….. a race is easy in comparison right:)
I am sure each one of you can think of many hard times in your life that you pushed through… Remind yourself of those trials the next time your run gets hard and remember that you have gotten through those hard times successfully and that those trials were much more difficult than running. You can do hard things (my absolute favorite mantra for running and life).
You come out a better runner when you do hard things (races/workouts/hills) and you become a better person when you do hard things.
Finish that last mile repeat, that goal race, the training run on your plan that scares you, the run where you want to quit because you are comparing yourself to someone ‘better’ than you, the last .1 of your 5k or the last .2 miles of your marathon.
Caterina left a comment the other day and it said, “Runners don’t quit and quitters don’t run.” I love it.
Dig deep and don’t forget to keep running.