Look how happy I am. It’s mile 25 of 26.2 and it’s been raining for the last 11. The chatty guy on my bus to the start line at 5am said it wouldn’t rain until 2 or so. But right around 10:30 it started misting and then sometime around 11:30 it was a cold shower. But at mile 25 around noon, I looked and felt this happy.
At 16, I was very overweight, asthmatic and diagnosed costochondritus. My chest hurt so bad, I’d miss weeks of school at a time. At 18, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and taking about 10 prescriptions a day. I thought that was how it would be forever.
I realized today that aside from a cold this past fall, I haven’t been sick in over 12 months. I still experience chest pain and lower back pain, but it’s not everyday, it’s not all the time. I’m not taking 10 prescriptions and it’s been a few months since I had a migraine.
I did this all on my own and only for me. I am so proud of my body because it has done what I trained it to. Be healthy and run far.
7 mile walk out to Lands End. Stu finally admitted that he liked San Francisco, which is a win for everyone.
I haven’t really loved running these past few weeks. Marathon training got off to a rough start with pains and aches caused from the dumbest things; not warming up, not cooling down, skipping runs and not adjusting my schedule to accommodate.
There are only 16 days left until my marathon and I can’t get those runs back, which is fine. I’ve been so much about the numbers these past few weeks, I’ve completely forgotten why I love running.
For some reason, new shoes always remind me. They’re springier, smell better and this time they’re custom. I’ve always wanted bright, obnoxious shoes and when I found out you could get 6 letters on each tongue, I knew “I LOVE” “KISMET” was just the right length.
These next couple weeks, I’m going to focus more on effort and less miles. Not get bummed out that a 20 mile run took me 20 minutes longer than I expected (and for stopping less than half a mile early because the subway was right there.) I know my body can finish a marathon, I need to spend my next runs training my mind to.