Last week after I finished a 16.5 mile run, I cried. My body hurt, I had no energy, no strength and I didn’t want to run ever again. All I could think about what the extra 10 miles I’d have to endure during the marathon.
It took me a few short days to realize that so much of marathon training is mental. You have to dig deep and have faith in yourself and draw strength from others. No one said this was going to be easy, right!
So, I put my running shoes on once again and continued to train when I could have easily given up and this is why…
I am fundraising for an amazing organization – Autism Speaks. An organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure of autism. I’m not just doing this for me, I am doing it to help so many others too. Children, parents and grandparents who all deal with autism someway in their lives every day. So far I have raised $1,700 and I hope this number continues to rise.
I have many friends and family members going through the hardest times of their lives right now and I draw strength from them. I see how strong they are. How they continue to fight and grow each day. I would be ashamed of myself if I gave up on a little running because I am finding it hard. Tough lucky girly. Shake it off and run on.
Failure is not an option
I’ll be honest, I don’t want to fail. I want to succeed in this personal challenge and be proud of myself. I want to cross that finish line and know that I did it. I’ve come too far to give up now.
Time for ME
Running in the Chicago Marathon was something I chose to do. It is a positive thing. I am becoming fitter and stronger every day. I have time for ME, which is a rarity with two small children and I love that time I have to clear my head and be alone, without someone hanging off my hip or climbing onto my lap. Bliss!
5 weeks to go and counting!