I remember John telling me a very long time ago that people/things enter your life for a reason, season or a lifetime. Well it’s taken me more than a few weeks to realize that this applies to every bit of what I am going through. For the very first time in my life I got the urge to run more than three miles. I have no idea what possessed me to do it , but I was committed. I did know that the running group I was joining was filled with all the amazing people that helped me put Get Your Rear in Gear on … My coaches are Dan Keller from Omega Sports and Paige Hauff from PR Race Management. Many of the coaches are employees of Dan’s who I have worked with at every packet pickup in years past. Jenny Miller Cousin Extrodianre and GYRIG Coke Vendor, Sandra Downey newest GYRIG Planning Board member and the ever fabulous Michele Mattachini…Post Race Food Court Godess. Why would I ever pass up this opportunity. So I jumped in committed to run the 13.1 miles and get my cool little sticker for the back of my car.
My last long distance run was 11 miles. While working up to that mileage I met many new people that I consider more than coaches and aquantencies…Mike, Emily, Dawn, Deb, Smita…the list is long and ever growing…
So while on my runners high, I ran face first into a tree I didn’t see coming. At first glance, this was a road block. I was so mad. Really mad….not “whoa is me”, but more like “WHAT THE HELL???” I mean really? Now? I am so close to my 1/2 marathon in Nashville. After peeling my face off the bark of the tree, I got a perscription for Xanex and gave myself time to process this unfortunate encounter with nature, I gained some perspective along the way. Xanex is great for gaining perspective … you can actually think instead of crying … worth every penny for me -‘the broken hearted runner”. By the way, this is not a plug for drugs unless you happen to be in my running shoes and then I say … save yourself some pain, take the drugs and see what beauty you can find in your unfortunate circumstances.
So I woke up yesterday and finally realized that I did not sign up to run a 1/2 I signed up to save my life. The 1/2 marathon was never truly part of the plan. Don’t get crazy on me … I haven’t given up (not even close), but what i realized is that this 1/2 marathon training was in my life for a reason. Had I not been on this training path I would have missed the tree and goodness knows I don’t want to know how that story ends!!!! So I am now thankful for that tree.
The tree was there for a REASON
I will endure a difficult SEASON
And I promise you I will make a difference that will last a LIFETIME!!!!