Photo courtesy ThomasJSpence Images – Sunrise on Lake Superior
After declaring last week that I wouldn’t be going to the germ-fest that is church for the rest of taper, I did end up going on Sunday. And the pastor had a very fitting sermon, from Paul’s letter to Timothy (2 Timothy 4:7): “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”
Love it. For life. But also for marathoning.
These past 15 weeks of training I HAVE fought the good fight – in training. I’ve put in 770 miles. I’ve done almost every workout the way that Coach MG has told me to. When weather or life interfered with workouts, I went with the flow and improvised and didn’t let it stress me out. I did lots of pilates to strengthen my core and work on my flexibility. Maybe most importantly, I changed my mindset about my running and what I believe I’m capable of.
Saturday is my time to finish the race. And I can’t wait. Even though there are parts of each marathon that suck, I truly love every step of the way. Because pushing through the challenging times and persevering in the face of the suck make crossing the finish line all that much sweeter. And when I do, I’ll get marathon medal #11!
So on Saturday when things get tough, my mantra is going to be from Paul’s letter to Timothy: “Keep the faith”. I am going to do my best to trust in my training, have faith that pushing through the suck will work and that the tough miles will only last for a bit and that I’ll cross the finish line with a big fat PR! 🙂