It started as the desire to complete just one 10K to say I did it. A few weeks into my training, a relationship came to an end and I lost my job. Those training runs quickly became my best friends as I sorted through the losses and uncertainty. Now, more than 4 years, training for 5 half marathons, and one knee surgery later, the challenges I have taken on in running have helped me understand that I can take on, and conquer, whatever lies in my path ahead.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

what isn't said

Obviously it hasn't been a great running year. Not that I haven't run at all, but the lack of races to report and the 15 pounds I've gained shows it hasn't been a year to be proud of.

It especially showed today running the ING Georgia Half Marathon. My training was minimal, with only 2 runs over 6 miles before the race and some very short runs while in Guadalajara, MX for most of February. (don't even get me started on high altitude running! Ouch). I recorded my slowest half marathon time in my long, 6-race career: 1:26:35.

For the sake of my knee (that feels the stress of those extra pounds) and the sake of my budget (that can't afford a new wardrobe) and the sake of my sanity (please refer to the title of this blog), running needs to fit into a larger plan to burn calories and lose weight.

I also want to celebrate the joy of starting and finishing 13.1 miles this morning. I am deeply grateful for legs and lungs that will carry me on the course and a heart that enjoys every step!