My last blog entry, I spoke of personal power in choosing to be either a victim or a challenger, in relation to running my first Half Trail Marathon. Now, I have completed that marathon with a victorious PR that was well within my aspired 2:30-2:45 goal.
I loved all two hours and thirty three minutes of the event, well…subtract ten miserable minutes, where I had to talk myself through a wall. Lesson learned; the “convenient” half Marathon distance setting on my Ipod registered me about 2.5miles SHORT of the finish line.
That knowledge, better as hindsight of course, did not register when the friendly voice in my ear said, “Three miles to go”, … I kicked it into a race gear! I pulled ahead and forged on, only to discover I still had a 5K to run after my three mile push.
For ten minutes, I forced my frozen legs to walk only 11 steps, then run how ever long or far, then walk only 11, run., repeat., run, repeat. I kicked my mind” negative talk out and just counted my steps. I soldiered on while a gnawing hunger rolled into my stomach, until I finally achieved a steady cadence and new found energy.
I heard the clapping and saw through the trees the sun gleaming off cars, the slow movement of those already completed, cooling down and refueling. My heart sang as I saw the time on the clock…2:32! I crossed a second later and felt my body become weightless within this new found sense of accomplishment.
So today, as our racing season starts at Turfway Park ,while frozen temperatures and bitter winds frost our skin,I know the choice to be a victim or a challenger never goes away. But I also know that I have the strength and desire to be a victorious challenger!
Whether on the track or on the trail, the feeling of joy by winning a race or accomplishing a goal, is really what it’s all about.