The 2016 Columbus marathon has come and gone. While my failure to hit the first goal still stings a little, it was great to go down this time and cheer my friends and fellow runners onward. With Summer, my ankle injury in July and the depression that followed as a result being thrown off my training program are clear I am left inspired by those who actually did it today. And that makes me look back on what I have accomplished during my botched training period. Even still, I’ve been keeping up with more regular running and getting back into cross training. I’m in the process of finally cutting out fat based dairy from my diet… which unfortunately means cheese. I’ve been writing almost daily and connecting with people from all over the Country in the heart disease camp. I’ve also learned a lot more about myself and what motivates me. What is it to live, forgive yourself and move on to the next challenge without pushing too far beyond physical limits. Gratitude.
So, giving myself another chance, I have decided to sign up for the Rock’n’Roll Marathon in New Orleans in February of 2017 for my birthday. Training however starts on November 14th just as the weather begins to go to Hell here in Ohio. The weather alone is going to be a serious challenge. The training itself will hopefully better prepare me to face 20 miles again and then the last 6.2 of a full marathon. Again with the lessons learned. I now know I can run long distances right now with a two day recovery cycle, I would like to know if I can get stronger and run the full better than I did during the Big Bad Wolf run earlier in October.
Missed deadlines like these are opportunities to re-asses our priorities and feelings. It’s also a time to look back on where we’ve come from as we change our sights along the path ahead. Me? I’ve been running for one year and four months now. I’ve done 4 half marathons, a string of 5k’s, a 10k, a 15k and a 20 miler. I love the community surrounding the sport, the liberation of running itself and the way it makes me feel like I’m having the very best meditation I’m capable of experiencing.
This post is dedicated to Wes who inspired me to run in the first place, Eddie for always supporting me, a coworker nicknamed “Badger” who trained for and ran his very first marathon today, a tall and outrageous man named Cory for being an occasional running buddy who has shared his own impressive story of personal growth and ended up at the front of the pack five years later and to the folks who have become friends on the AHA Support Network. It’s with the benefit of all these connections that I’m here now and looking forward to the next goal.