The Cox Half Marathon in Providence, RI.
You can continue to sleep with your dreams, or you can wake up and chase them!"
The start of Providence Marathon at 7:30am.
It has been a LONG winter.
One of the things that I hate most about early mornings is waking up with the birds.
My bed is so comfortable. It is a shame to leave it!
But then, I remember the inspirational group of people I surround myself with.
They are all up getting ready for their morning swim.
I don’t want to miss all the fun. Or do I?
Nope, I need to be out there! I think?
Soooo, I roll out of bed with aches and pains.
I already have my morning work out outfit laid out.
I wash my face, brush my teeth, and put my hair up in a ponytail.
My car is packed with my gear and ready to go.
I grab a banana and I fill my water bottles.
I jump into my rocking minivan and I’m off to the Mystic Beach at the YMCA to meet Jen Massengale, our tri instructor, for a grueling 2 hour workout.
You know it wasn’t always like this for me on Saturday mornings.
I used to sleep in because I never thought I could run.
I thought because I had asthma, I wasn’t able to breathe while running.
It wasn’t easy but with the help of my doctors. I got over that hump.
I just kept trying and trying.
It is definitely not easier, just more familiar.
My mind says to my body, “Hey, this is the part that is going to hurt. Get ready. This is not gonna be pretty. OK. Go!”
I believe that life is a mental game that we play with ourselves.
Our mind will want something and our bodies will fight it.
Usually, the mind will win..... if you really want it!
Last year, I had the goal of completing the Cox Providence
Half Marathon 2015.
I made plans and God laughed at me. Again.
I never had the chance to run that race since I had an accident where I covered my legs with 1st and 2nd degree burns.
I am lucky that was the only misfortune that happened to me last spring.
There are others that are fighting cancer and their road is much rockier than mine.
But what we should do is fight with our hearts to get to where we want to be in our lives.
Everyone has their own journey.
It is our choice to either sit home or take that journey.
I am happy to report that on May 1st, I got to cross that finish line at the 2016 Cox Providence Half Marathon.
A lot of people said it was perfect running conditions.
For me, it was a cold day in Providence.
The physical and mental journey of pushing your mind and body during a race makes me smile.
It is my escape from doing laundry, paying the bills, and daily responsibilities of life.
There is nothing like crossing a finish line at a race.
I am at the “sloth” at every race I enter.
I sometimes wonder why I bother ever trying to race.
I’m not fast and will never win any award for being the best in my age group.
People tell me that being out there is what counts but sometimes I can’t help but want more from myself.
So, as I try to get my PR in my races.
I don’t always impress myself with my numbers.
Then, I have to remind myself that I am healthy enough and able to participate.
I’m doing it.
I know that on that day that I participated in that race, I tried my best.
During some races, I have swam and rode my bike with a cramp in my leg.
During some races, I didn’t feel my feet for the first mile of running.
So, I had to walk it out till the circulation came back to my toes.
During some races, the nerves got the best of me and I would have to stop to breathe.
Breathe. Just Breathe.
But I keep going because I know that there is the almighty FINISH LINE that is waiting for me!
When I cross that FINISH LINE, there is usually a smile on my face!
Oh Yeh! YES!
After my fun filled day, I get to go home to a beautiful family!
After that long needed shower, I decide to sit down and go race shopping on the internet. Hmmm? I wonder what's next?
Then, I ask my son if he will share some cheese pizza
with me and he says,
“Sure Mom, you can have the crust!” :)
Mystic YMCA Triathlon on June 5, 2016. Mystic, CT.