That is the word of the day for me today, ouch. I had my long run yesterday and holy cow, I'm SO SORE! I did 11 miles yesterday for the first time since February. I wish I could take the whole day to just stretch and recover, but alas, I am at work taking care of business. I'm so responsible, I know.
Though yesterday while I was running I was having some troubles towards the end. It had been a while since I had ran this distance and I was really down on myself for not being more prepared for my upcoming half. So when I saw this quote, I knew I had to use it for todays Momentum Monday.
This really made me take a step back, take in a deep breath and give myself a break. I've been through a lot over the past few months since my first half marathon in February. I have been through and rallied back from my back injury that sidelined me for almost two months. All of April and most of May was dedicated to getting my back into shape so that I could run any distance, least of all a half marathon.
My training schedule went out the window because I had to take care of me first so that I could be here and be able to say that I ran 11 miles for the first time since February. I can say with confidence that it will be a grueling challenge on June 22nd when I toe the line for the Rock n Roll Half Marathon (have you seen the course? Cra-cray!). I can say that I am not as prepared for this race as I would like to be or hoped I would be is an understatement. But to say I'm not excited for the race would be a lie.
I signed up for this race a year ago at last years RnR Seattle race, I was so inspired that I wanted to be a part of the thousands of people that pound the pavement, owning all 13.1 miles at what ever pace or time they finish in. I have to remember this is all about my journey, not what I hoped it would be or where I should be, but rather where I need to be and be alright with it.
I'm not racing the people around me, that's not my journey. I'm racing myself and just being there, being able to run at all, I feel as if I've already won.