|2010 Training at the track for the Chicago Marathon|
So that is actually 92 degrees when you are running! That is not even with the crazy humidity today. Not that I am complaining..well maybe a bit. But I still ran.
Last year when I was training for Chicago, Andy made me to go the track and do speed work. Last summer was extremely hot and running on a track FAST was about the death of me. There were names I wanted to call my husband I have never called anyone. And there were words that erupted from my mouth that I did not think I was capable of. Training in the heat transformed me into a stronger runner but also a runner with a split personality.
I can still hear Andy as I was doing 800 meter repeats.."Train in The ELEMENTS, NITA, GO GO, PICK it UP." It ALL hurt so bad, the sweat stung my eyes, my lungs were begging for mercy and the voices echoed loudly, shouting "Quit, Quit". I would waste time arguing with Andy as he screamed "YOU have TWO more." I then somehow mustered enough energy to scream back,"NOOOO I don't, I am finishing after this one!!!" Only to find myself digging soo deep that I not only would do that last one but often run it faster than all the other ones!
My running partner text me today to meet at the track. UGH!! NOT the track was my first thought. I HATE the track. All the memories from summer flooded my head.The Pain, The Heat, The Repetitive Circle. Around and Around....and then.....
The Prize, The Proof, The Dedication, The Love and The Sacrifice. This Track represents more than just blood, sweat and tears. This Track is a symbol of the Commitment I made to myself and the Commitment my family made for me to Support me towards one of the Biggest Accomplishments I have ever sought after. It was more than just Training. It was Training for my FIRST Marathon. And it was more that just training for my FIRST Marathon it was training to Qualify for BOSTON at my FIRST Marathon! To do the unthinkable. First time out. This Track represented a Dream come true. It was a reminder that anyone can have good things with a little work, But there are still GREAT things that want to be purchased with a little or a lot more Hard Work and Effort.
Heidi was already running around the track when I got there. The air was still. It felt like time had stopped and we were the only things moving. We ran around the track 2 miles, 8 laps. The memories resurfaced. I ran after each memory as a motivation. I ran towards the past vision of the boys laughing playing football in the center of the track waiting for me to be done. I ran after the image of Sheba as I watched her run like a Cheetah, darting back and forth after the football. I smiled as I recalled the anger I would give Andy if he was not paying me 100% attention pushing me to my limits. As much as I hated the physical pain of the track, as much as I felt my tank run dry, the Love I saw Andy give me filled my tank every 200 meters I ran around him. This track was a token of remembrance towards Victory.
|Heidi My Running partner! Surprise!!|
Today I am Thankful for the Support of my Family
Today I am Thankful for the Coaching of my Husband.
Today I am Thankful for God giving me Strength and Power because alone I have none.Today I am thankful for a partner to run with, Heidi who I did not have last year.