Your Race Your Pace

COMMIT NOT TO QUIT!

Mama Mia! Love these shoes. These babies will keep me on the road running this week! NEVER give UP!

Mama Mia! Love these shoes. These babies will keep me on the road running this week! NEVER give UP!

Yesterday's marathon almost broke me DOWN with all those hills and high elevations but I refused to give up.  I had to walk most of mile 13 and it didn't make me happy but I had to listen to my body.  The lactic acid kicked in around mile 10 and by mile 13, I could BARELY lift either leg. Women were passing me but I STILL ran a nice 1:52 half marathon coming in 27th place overall.  Not too shabby for walking the last mile.  I refused to quit yesterday and if I had to walk, so be it!  There were people who were in tears after the Temecula Half and others who were in so much pain, you could tell by the way they were barely walking, it was challenging for them as well.  I hope that they left with a few lessons learned AND happy that they finished the course.  

As you know, for me, running is a lot like life and this race was no different.  Just like all the runners out there, we are all in different places in our lives.  When others seem to pass us by  sometimes we tend to "wish" we were in their shoes or a few steps ahead of them.  What I have learned over the years is to concentrate on your pace and not worry about what others are doing around you.  What works for me will not necessarily work for someone else.  

After the race a woman approached me (even when she passed me at mile 12, she was talking to me. . .ugh!. . .lol?) to congratulate me on my run and that she passed me.  It was cool and it's nice to know I motivated someone while I was in pain.  Anyway, she continued to say , "You are very comfortable runner, it was hard to catch you".  Huh? I had never been told that I was comfortable runner in all my years of running.  That made me feel good because that was the whole point of this half marathon for me.  I wanted to be comfortable, run well but run at my own pace.  So, goal accomplished. . .for 12 miles of it! LOL!  Very cool! 

Find a race (whatever that is in life for you), set your goals and run your pace.  Remember what works for you will not work for someone else so make the best of it. . .even when it hurts KEEP GOING! Happy Monday!

Nicol A Hodges

Nicol A. Hodges aka "Nic" is fitness professional (NASM, CPT/PES) and product designer living in San Diego, CA. Nicol's athletic background started in her hometown of St. Charles, MO where she earned her 400m state ranking 3 years in a row. Later, at the University of MO, Columbia she earned 8-Big 12 Track and Field titles and a championship title. Nicol currently continues her love for running by competing in local and national running events.