BMO Vancouver Marathon Training
Who would have ever guessed I’d run 16 miles. In my eyes, 16 miles is a healthy bike ride, not a run. But I did it. Think there is something you can’t do? I bet your wrong. It just takes a little time… and practice.
This weekend’s run was again a point-to-point run. My husband and I woke up early on Saturday morning and debated the weather. Both days called for showers, so it wasn’t going to do us any good to wait until Sunday for our run. We decided to get up and get it over with.
My husband needed something to carry fluids in. I already owned a Fuel Belt, but last week he made due with a traditional fanny pack with extra Fuel Belt bottles stuck in there. He ended up bruising himself from all the jostling!
We stopped at our local running store and picked up a Camelback Bottle Belt (which he loves…) and also “The Stick” for massaging recovery later. Yes, if your just getting into running… people often say you only need a pair of shoes. But if you’re going to run LONG distances there is some additional gear that can make your life a little easier.
On the ride out to Kenmore my husband and I joked. “I keep driving you out to here and you keep coming back,” he said. I said, “Yeah, are you trying to tell me something? Am I like the dog you’re trying to take out to “The Farm” (I made air quotes with my hands) and I keep making my way back home?” We laughed!
My run was all-in-all great. That morning I got a little boost from some perfect words said my friend, Carolyn, on Facebook.
See, I had just been talking to my brother the night before. He’s been running, too. He’s been through some major ups and downs in his life including homelessness and addiction (you can read my previous blog about him here). I’m so proud of him. Right now he sounds happy and he’s doing so well. A transition like this is harder than you can imagine. He’s taking one day at a time… exercising and staying alcohol-free. To be able to talk to my brother on the phone (he lives in Arizona) and know for certain that he is safe, sound, and sober is a joy I can hardly explain.
I was going to post something on my Facebook page before I went out because he was on my mind. Something to the effect of “No matter what you’re going through… keep going… happiness is waiting for you on the other side.” But then my friend, Carolyn, trumped me with the perfect 5 words…
Don’t quit before the miracle.
That simple phrase carried me through 16 miles on Saturday.
So, remember what I said? You can do anything. It just takes a little time… and practice.