I’m not where I used to be. A major part of me knows that is ok. A small part of me is still coming to terms with it. I really wish that I could shut that small part of me up, but it’s a work in progress. I feel that right now everything is a work in progress but isn’t that everyone? What was once easy is now difficult, but what was once impossible is now possible. It’s all in the way you look at things.
Moving forward but not giving up.
I’ve said before that mentally I think that I need to run Chicago. What I need to do though and I’ve said it before is adjust expectations. Easier said than done, but I am getting better.
Here’s the thing that I keep reminding myself and coming back to……
I’m not an elite athlete. I’m not winning any medals except the medals that I earn just crossing the finish line. I’m not a contender. Running is not my job and I do not want to make it feel like it is my job either. There is no hidden agenda in my running.
Here is what I am….
I am a Mama runner who just wants to run. I want to be able to clear my head by going out for a run. I want to be able to get a good workout in at the best of my ability. I want to run with my friends. I want to be healthy and running is something that both mentally and physically helps with that.
So I’m really trying to let go of where I used to be and hold onto where I am. I also know that I am very lucky. There are some people with calcium issues that can’t do anything physically without their calcium crashing. I also know that I have to be smart with my training for Chicago. I’ve got a lot going on and I’ve still got a lot to learn with how my body will deal with not just the training but the training in the heat. It seems to effect me more now. It’s a learning process. As a friend a ran with today pointed out, I’ve got a lot of pieces that still need to be put together.
I’m trying to embrace being where I am at and I am very lucky to have a great support system of not just “running friends” but real friends who I happen to run with! Today I went out with a friend for a few miles. The weather is in the 80’s with 73% humidity. With the humidity at those levels, it was brutal. I did walk when I needed to which “is what it is.” Even with walking, it was still a hard run. It was still 6 miles and I still got it done. And honestly it was overall still a good pace at 12:13.
We all know that running is a mental sport…. From talking ourselves out the door to pushing our bodies to make the impossible possible. It (and I’ve said this before) is also accepting where you are on a given day and period in your life. I am where I am today and that is enough.
It is enough…..
To get out the door
To run and to also walk.
To do the best that I can at a given day.
To accept that no matter what pace I’m running, it is enough.
To cut myself a break when needed and push myself when needed.
And most of all….That I am in competition with no one not even who I used to be.