The Marathon of Life

24 Jun

Well, I’m about a month into marathon training and have yet to do a super long run other than my first 6 miler. The state of Colorado is on fire and our air quality is so bad due to the smoke that county health officials are advising against outdoor exercise and activity. We’ve also been having record heat with high temps around 100 degrees and it already hitting 70 degrees at 5:00am. I’m doing speed and hill work on the treadmill and bulking up on strength training. Hopefully this is going to let up, and I can get outdoors soon. Luckily I have time before I really need to get hard core into training, but I don’t want to lose my half marathon base.

This past month has been extremely rough. My boyfriend, who has something do with special ops/CIA/top secret stuff was deployed on his mission, and I’ve been missing him horribly. I never know when I’ll hear from him and it’s been extremely scary on a day to day basis. I’m a control freak and obsessive planner, so this entire experience has been way beyond my comfort zone or realm of knowing what to do. Yesterday, I got an email from him and for the first time, he alluded that he was afraid and feeling hopeless. I didn’t know what to do.

I am trying to use my experience with the marathon to get through this. Granted I’m training again, but I’m really using my experience of the first race I went through to try to deal. I keep thinking that this is mile 20 when I’m hitting the wall and ready to die. I felt so hopeless and out of control at that point and didn’t think I could finish. I’m trying to use the energy and determination I channeled during that time now. I’m sending emails of encouragement and love to my boyfriend, never alluding to the fact that I’m terrified too. I’m trying to tell myself that if I can run 26 miles on a bad foot, I can help him get the strength to get through this and get through this myself. I’m trying to look at it as the next 7 months before he gets home are the last 6 miles of the race where you have to give it everything you’ve got and push through the pain to the sweet moment of victory.

I’ve said on several occasions that the marathon experience changed my life. It gave me a confidence I never knew I had and the ability to overcome a lot of obstacles in personal and professional life. Once again I am drawing on it to get through one of the most difficult things I’ve had to endure. I am trying to focus on my training for the Disney World Marathon in January, though Mother Nature isn’t completely cooperating. However, I know if I didn’t have running in my life right now, I wouldn’t be getting through this at all. When I’m scared and upset, I use it to push through. I use it to send him good vibes of love and safety so far away. And I’m using it to keep myself sane. Without running, I’d be eating up a storm and shopping until my credit card was maxed out.

When this is all over in January and he’s back home safe, and I’ve gotten another full marathon under my belt, I will once again be grateful to those 26.2 miles for saving me.

I ask for prayers and good wishes for the safety of my boyfriend, and if you can help at all with the Colorado fires, please visit www.helpcoloradonow.org. The brave firefighters, rescue teams and Red Cross are in desperate need of financial assistance.

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6 Responses to “The Marathon of Life”

  1. Sandra August 2, 2012 at 12:13 PM #

    Oh my goodnes, you are both going through so much! Hang in there, my friend! I bet you never knew that your 26.2 would give you this kind of strength and moral fortitude! Hugs to you!
    On another note. I actually thought about doing the Tinkerbell half marathon at Disney in January. Is yours the same one? If I can only do 4 miles (slow and painful) now, could I do 13 by January do you think? I’d love to do it some day, but I am sure that, like when you started, the prospect of running that far scared you a little, eh?

    • Get Fit Now September 4, 2012 at 11:31 PM #

      Yes you are 100% correct. Getting fit and loosing weight is not only possible, but as you point out… anyone with the determination and a good plan will succeed. Great post. I will be back and will send my friends to this awesome site as well.

  2. eskay@elliptical vs treadmill September 19, 2012 at 4:11 PM #

    hope your boyfriend’s doing ok…thanks for the lovely read.

  3. Jen November 7, 2012 at 2:49 AM #

    I’ve always want to try and join fun runs but everytime I do, I end up injured. Either I get a sprained ankle or blisters. I tried buying some expensive running shoes but it still the same. Any advise? I think I’m not cut out for this marathon thing.

    • Noel D. November 7, 2012 at 6:36 AM #

      I would go to a running store and be fitted properly for the shoes. Just because they’re expensive doesn’t mean they are the right fit for you. A running store will film your feet on a treadmill when you run and work with you for nearly an hour to find the right pair. This may also help your blister problem. I suggest getting moisture wicking athletic socks and do not wear plain cotton socks. These help with keeping your feet dry and blister free as well. Start out slow. Do walking until you break your shoes in. Then find a Couch to 5K training program and follow it. This will hopefully prevent injury by going slow and on a schedule. Good luck and don’t give up!

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