As I am wrapping my mind around the fact that my training has not gone as planned due to being sick and other challenges -
I am thankful that I CAN do it - even if I am not where I wanted to be as I get ready for Boston. I am truly thankful to have the opportunity to step foot on that course. To own Boston Marathon. Whether I get to step up to the start line and breath in the same air of some of running's elites & knowing my body, my pace isn't where I initially set out for it to be - I am thankful.
As my husband told me tonight at dinner when I was sharing my disappointment in knowing I know where I COULD be & where I am at - with only weeks to go. His passion is golf and he dreams of one day golfing on the original course - where it all began in St. Andrews, Scotland - the birthplace of golf. He said he wants to go there to EXPERIENCE the course and take it all in. That it would be such a shame to go somewhere like St. Andrews or Boston Marathon and waste time on the "what if's" or "should haves" and miss out on the experience of being a part of something so meaningful. And I agreed and said - "But wouldn't it be awesome to say you shot a 83 on one of the word's best courses!"........just sayin.
I have to say again how much I LOVE running buddies. For my 16 last Saturday I ran with one of my dear friends Meredith. It was a COLD run - but I had great company. Thank you Meredith for logging miles with me!!
Just this Saturday, for my 21 - I met up with a gal (Katy)who works with one of my friends - she is running Boston as well. One of her friends ran with us and some of her Portland Fit group joined us for our first loop. There is just something about that instant bond that runners have - another reason I LOVE running. We took on a route with some pretty good hills and finished our 21 in 3:03 - not too bad for these sad lungs of mine. I am discovering that I am not as much of a lone runner as I thought I was.
Before I start this weeks - "This is My Jam"
I just have to say that I seem to have a ridiculous talent (if you even call it that) of turning pretty much any song into somehow being "a running song".
I thought I would share a song that I have loved lately for warming up (also just one of my favorite songs right now). Give it a minute and gets a pretty good rhythm going.
Only the Young by Brandon flowers
I love that it says -
"Nothing is easy - nothing is sacred - WHY?? "
"Only the young can break away"..........Please - us 35 year old mama's can break away too!!
Now another song that gets me fired up lately........
Such a great beat for tempo runs & any song that you can sing out "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah" while you are running just has to be good!
The Naked and Famous by Young Blood
So - that's it for now - I have one kiddo with a sinus infection and one kiddo throwing up. So - let's just wish healthy miles for this mom!!