In 2009, a friend asked me if I was going to run CIM. My response was, “I like running, but I’m not that crazy.”
Ha! One year later, I ran CIM.
In my race report from CIM 2010, I clearly state that running a marathon was not for me.
“I’d like to announce to the world that marathoning isn’t for me! At least that is how I’m feeling right now.”
Yet, a little over a year later I registered for CIM 2012 as my second marathon.
Perhaps I’m a glutton for punishment. Perhaps I feel like there is unfinished business (see my lengthy race report from CIM 2010). Or perhaps I simply like challenges. This time around, training went well for the most part and I’m looking forward to Sunday’s marathon.
What I have learned about myself over the past 3 years is that I enjoy challenges. I enjoy pushing my body and finding the limit. As T.S. Eliot says, “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”
I also learned that I can do anything I want to. I just have to put my mind to it and I will accomplish it. Along with this, I now accept the fact that I am persistent. And, with my running, I won’t give up! However, I had to learn to listen to my body and to adjust my training when “issues” come up. I didn’t do so well with this lesson in 2010. This year, I did listen. It was a huge step for me and it paid off. Since I stopped running, rested, adjusted training, and sought PT help when my IT Band started giving me trouble, I was able to recover quickly.
I’ve definitely learned to never say never! I will continue to dream big and challenge myself.
I’m planning my goals for 2013. Do you have your race/events calendar ready? Just remember……….”Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” (Another one of my favorite quotes.)