But first, a few random pictures.
Got a box of running goodies from RUNLOVEBOX and I can’t wait to try it all out:)
I don’t know how I forgot to share this picture but that is DAVID ARCHULETA behind me. I wanted to ask him to sing Glorious for me but I somehow refrained.
Fall in Utah really is the best.
Every time that I have a running setback (i.e. injuries, sickness causing my workouts to stop or to scale way back, emotional problems keeping me from training the way I want to train, missing my race goals and the MANY mistakes I have made in my training) I love to read about incredible athletes, their setbacks and how they overcame them.
I just love being reminded by these athletes (and running is their job/paycheck so imagine the stress that goes along with these setbacks?!?) that these things happen to EVERY RUNNER at some point. We all have setbacks and we all have two choices after a setback——> give up or take the setback and grow in every way possible so that you can come back better than ever. Here are just three of my favorites:) PS I tend to focus on the marathon distance just because that one is my favorite.
Meb Keflezighi——> He is the only runner that has ever won both the Boston and NYC Marathon AND an Olympic medal for the marathon (along with a million other accomplishments).
The below picture is from that one time we hung out. When I told him how amazing he was he told me I am pretty amazing too because he is finished with the marathon, showered, warm and eating breakfast while I am still out there on my feet finishing the marathon;)
“Meb’s biggest bodily setback came at the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials…. Meb finished eighth, in severe pain. He later learned he had a pelvic stress fracture… It would have been easy for Meb to have thought, “I’m 32 and an Olympic medalist. Time for something else.” Instead, in 2009 he became the first American winner of the New York City marathon in 27 years.”
Kara Goucher—> I just love her. I follow her on social media and I feel like we are friends because she is so personable… she just seems so real, open, supportive and strong. She has a marathon personal record of 2:24:52 (3rd place at Boston in 2009) and a half-marathon PR of 1:06:57. Her career has included MANY injuries and ups/downs along the way yet she still keeps a smile on her face and continues to do everything in her power to reach her goals.
A FIFTEEN MONTH BREAK FROM RACING!?!?! That is a huge setback!
Desi Davila—> At the 2011 Boston Marathon she took second place (BY TWO SECONDS) with a time of 2:22:38. Along with a huge list of accomplishments she also represented the US at the 2012 London Olympics but was not able to finish because of a stress fracture of the femur. Having to drop out of an OLYMPIC RACE…wow, I can’t imagine.
Yeah… I was beyond excited to meet her:
From an interview a few years back:
A huge setback and yet she came back to Boston this last year and finished 4th and she was also the fastest American woman with a time of 2:25:39.
And then I take a look at my running friends and their setbacks and I think about how hard they work to bounce back. Some of their setbacks include——> tendonitis, stress fractures, adrenal fatigue, missing their race goals because of factors out of their control, MAJOR family/life changes, doctors having NO idea what their injury is or how to treat it, depression and the list goes on and on.
Over and over again runners prove to me that we all fall (and sometimes it feels like we fall more than we stand) but that you can rise above the setbacks and keep fighting for your goals until you get them.
What have been some of your biggest running setbacks? How’d you overcome them?
What has been your biggest running accomplishment? A race you have always dreamed of running, a personal record for a 5k, building up your endurance from when you first started, hitting a time goal you didn’t think possible before… come on, brag a little:)
3 things from your Tuesday!!