There are days when I am grateful for my friends. Sometimes I take things for granted, and don’t slow down to look back, to revisit, or to see how far I’ve come because I am always striving to do better, to push harder, to constantly prove myself. Yesterday, I ran with my good friend Rachael at the Rock N Roll Half Marathon. It was her very first half marathon, and it was a humid and hot one. It was so humid, in fact, that we were dripping sweat before the race even began at 7am!
I am thankful for Rachael for many, many reasons. She always tries to keep pace with me or pushes me to go faster. She’s always up for a run, and always has a good attitude. She is hard on herself like I am on myself about running and life in general. I saw a lot of that yesterday. A LOT. But what I realized is that despite how much she hurt and struggled to keep moving forward to that finish line, was the want to finish. Even if it took her the entire 4 hours allotted for the race. She was determined. Do I know that word? Do I know that word? DO I KNOW THAT WORD? Uh, yeah! Because that is my spirit, thoughts, sole, belief, etc about running and life in general.
I am so glad Rachael didn’t clock me yesterday with all the encouraging words and eventually fussing and yelling at her to keep going because she was pushing along through some serious pain and overheating. She rocked the race and I am so proud that I was able to run the whole way with her! She really made me think about things from the perspective of a first time half marathoner. No matter how much you train, how prepared you are for that bridge you cross twice, how many different types of weather you train in, what kind of gear you where, when the day comes, you are a nervous wreck, and need to be treated with a lot of TLC and encouragement. Rachael, you rocked this race! CONGRATULATIONS for finishing your first half marathon! I am so proud of you!