I can hardly believe it, but this is week 15 of the 16 week marathon training program. I’ve persisted, practiced, and pushed my way to train for something that I’m just so happy to be able to do. I’m going to run my first marathon. At the start of training, I’d said it would be my only. Now, I’m already thinking that I know this isn’t the last. I also went and got pink hair last week and I love it.
I’m not suddenly healed of my depression. Working out hasn’t taken away my need to have daily medication. I still have anxiety, too. When I run, some of that goes away and I can clear my mind. It also shows me that I have something to be proud of and goals to strive for giving me a reason to live sometimes when I just don’t want to. The darkness sometimes envelops me more than I care for it to. I just try not to embrace it too much and look to my goals. My running friends also help me look forward to the long runs and things we can talk about or experience together during the journey. I’m thankful for them and for the time we have together. I get to go out and run.
I’m also thankful that I have a husband who is supportive and encouraging. I’m not always confident in my abilities. Considering the things that he and I go through as adults and as parents, it has been a blessing to have him to talk to and to lean on. My mom might not speak to me for whatever reason. My kids might say hurtful things when they don’t get their way. My husband is there with unconditional love to give freely, which is important to have when the depression hits and I don’t exactly feel loved or lovable.
All negativity aside because I’m about to accomplish something that I couldn’t do when I signed up to do it. I have trained and conditioned myself to do this and I am as physically prepared as I’m going to be. Mental strength will go a long way in getting to the finish line. Yesterday, I started seeking out inspirational quotes to help me during the 26.2 mile run November 5th. Many of the quotes didn’t have sources, but I’ll try to give credit where due. So here we go!
- There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.
- Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength
- Let Go, Let God
- The race always hurts. Expect it to hurt. You didn’t train so it doesn’t hurt. You train so you can tolerate it.
- When your legs get tired, run with heart
- The miracle isn’t finishing. It’s that I had the courage to start.
- She believed she could, so she did.
- What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
- In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take
- Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations
- You’re a diamond. They can’t break you.
- Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about dancing in the rain.
- I believe in the person I want to become
- Remember the time you thought you could never survive? You did and you can do it again.
- Keep going. There’s cookies at the finish.
- Penny gets winded walking to the bathroom (seriously, my friend Penny added this to my list)
- HOPE – Hold On Pain Ends
- A positive attitude may not solve all of your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort (Herm Albright)
- Psalm 4:1 – Lord, be merciful and hear my prayer
- The thirst you feel in your throat and lungs will be gone minutes after the race is finished. The pain in your legs? Within days. The glory of your finish is forever.
- 26.2 = The triumph of will over reason
- Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life a champion. -Muhammed Ali
- Be strong. You never know who you are inspiring.
- Today, I will be one run stronger
- I wasn’t planning on going for a run today, but those cops came out of nowhere. (ha, ha, ha)
- One day, I won’t be able to do this. Today is not that day.
- Set a goal so big you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can. *This one really struck a chord with me.
- Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up. (Dean Karnazes)
- You’re not dead yet, you can’t quit. (Kyle Maynard)
That’s just a portion of the encouragement I found yesterday. I will still be looking and still be repeating the ones I’ve found. I’ll probably print some off and bring them with me to the race so I have them there.
I can’t control what others think of what I’m doing or how they view the work I’ve put into it. I can control how I feel about it and decide to be proud of my accomplishments. Today, I choose to ignore the people who think I’ve done anything but improve my character and celebrate my body. I choose to see that I’m setting an example to be healthy, strong, and resilient. I could drown in the negativity that is often tossed in my direction, but I choose to let the good and the positive pull me through and keep me afloat. I am succeeding at something and that’s going to ruffle some feathers of people who are not. It doesn’t change my success.
Thanks for reading! This weekend will be a long run of 8 miles, then on to pre race week! Wish me luck! Good luck on your endeavors and in case nobody has told you, I’m proud of your hard work! Keep it up! Every time you challenge yourself, you get a little stronger. Until you’re a lot stronger.
Here’s a picture of me after running 4 miles of speed work that I really didn’t feel like running. I’m so glad I did it anyway.