But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. - Isaiah 40:31
Sunday, June 22, 2008
As we are training by distance rather than time now, we are doing long runs on the weekends. I wasn't able to do mine yesterday, so today I ran the four miles that was on the schedule. Romie followed on the bicycle, since he's still having back issues, although they are much better.
I waited until evening to run - around 8:30 - which is a great time for me. It has cooled off by then and the wind has died down, making for a very pleasant way to spend the time running. Did I just say that? And did I just run four miles?
YES! And YES!
We have been training for nearly four months now and when I look back on how I was "back then," it is truly an amazing thing to behold.
I cannot stress how much this has helped me in so many ways. When I gotthe e-mail stating "Congratulations! You have been chosen..." my first thought was, "Oh crap. Now I have to do it. What was I thinking???" And in recent weeks, I now truly believe that I CAN run a half-marathon! This is HUGE!
I have hated exercise for DECADES. Can I say I like running? Ask me before I go out or in the first five minutes or so, and I'll say no. But ask me once I'm "in the groove" and I'll tell you how good it feels to be running. And when I'm finished with a run --- oh, if I could just bottle that and sell it, I'd be a rich woman. And I absolutely LOVE how my body feels! So fit and toned and healthy! It's really, really amazing, especially when I think that in 1999, I was told that it was a miracle I was even alive and that I might never walk again.
I am thankful to Jamey for donating his time and talents and professional services so that we can do this. We have to be a challenging group to deal with, and without Jamey, I'm sure that none of us would be where we are right now, wherever that is in the training process. The fact that Jamey believes in us has given me the confidence to stick with it, knowing if I quit, I was not being fair to myself or to anyone else who had hoped to be a part of our group. Outside of the race, I have met some wonderful people and have enjoyed the fellowship with them.
The four-mile run felt good, even though I'd not run since my Monday run with Kevin. I was tired by the time I was done, but that was understandable. Except for a three-minute bathroom break in the middle, I ran the entire four miles.
We're to run four miles next weekend too, then the distance will start increasing again, by a mile each week.