The Spirit of the Marathon!
"For the Love of the Sport"
motivation to keep going
We see and hear about athletic heros everyday! They fight through a game with a broken bone or a torn ligament. The athlete will dedicate their run or game to a child in need of a serious surgery. As runners, we are always raising money for a charity, getting our friends and family involved. It's one thing when you are doing something great for someone else but when you meet a person that really does something for the love of their sport, it's just an amazing thing to see.
If you have been following my blog entry's or tweets, many of you know that my girls are deep into soccer. I don't understand the sport but it's a great way for kids to be a part of a team, develop some great social skills and have fun while staying in shape. Now, even though in my eyes, my girls are perfect, none of us are perfect. My oldest one plays like Mia Hamm one weekend and the next week, has no clue what she should do next in a play. My youngest girl really had to work hard to be one of the better players on the team and learned that she had to prove herself to earn her teams respect.
Well, this weekend, my youngest girl played a tough and VERY physical team. Our team could not get a break, particularly my daughter. They would call a foul on our team every chance they got while the other team elbows, kicked and cried to beat up our girls (yes, I am a true soccer mom). So, near the end of the game one girl ran up on my daughter elbowed her and then dug her foot into her shoe. I saw it with my own two eyes and then I saw my daughter shed a tear. Let's just say this, she NEVER cries over anything! She looked at me, continued to play and they got a corner kick. The game was intense and we really needed this win but I didn't care, I wanted her to come out of the game.
My girl stayed in the game, we got the corner kick and she got that ball into the net! Soon after, the whistle was blown and the game was over. She quietly came off the field, took off her jersey, grabbed her water and bag walking away from the field. She didn't say a word but when we got into the car, she CRIED uncontrollably because her foot hurt SO BAD! I asked her "why didn't you come out when I told you to come out?". She looked at me and said, "Mom, I love soccer and I knew I could get that ball into the goal". I was just amazed at her dedication not only to her sport but for her team.
What does this have to do with running? So much! We train hard, we run for a purpose (whether it's weight loss, raising money or competitively) and we continue to look for results. Sometimes the results are not how fast you ran or who you beat, it's about the love you have for your sport and for yourself (taking care of yourself). The only way you are going to have the best run or the best training to become a better athlete is to "love" what you do and how you make it happen no matter what happens.
If you are fighting through an injury and you can not do much running, relax and don't worry. Make sure you do what you need to do to get back out there. Do not do it for yourself but do it for the "love of the sport"!
Happy Running and Be Safe!
Do You Run & Live Your Life
the same way?
My running partner and I were recapping our last 1/2 marathon. . .yes, we are STILL on that! Just disappointed with our times because we were really hoping for faster times since our training went so well. He was telling me that he shared his story with his old boxing coach and shared how he started strong but did not finish so great. His boxing coach listened to his story and commented on how he always start things great but can never finish what he started. MAN! I thought that was harsh but then I started to think about my running and how I live my life!
If you are strong individual from beginning to end, do you finish your race the same way? If you are start things nice and slow with an amazing end result, do you run like that as well? I have always been the type of person who starts something new "quietly" and once I get a feel for it, I am excited, loud and ready to rock it OUT! I started thinking about my "better" races and I notice when I start out quietly (losing myself into the crowd) and getting a feel for a good pace, the rest of the race will go well and I will finish nice and strong!
Now, when I get into my head too much, start too fast the end result is always a mess and I regret it the next day. That is what happened to my last 1/2 marathon and several runs that I have done. I start out way to fast because I have told myself "this and that" where I completely forget my usual strategy and then finish horribly!
We tend to bring our personalities with us when we run or even race. If you have a strategy that works, you need to stick to it! Now don't get me wrong, I am no longer a competitive runner but there are ways to have a great run whether you are jogging our the block or competing on the track!
CHECK OUT THESE TIPS:
1) Stay out of your own head. If you have a solid training background, stick to what you know and treat your run/race just like training session. Relax, breathe and HAVE FUN!
2) Don't panic or worry about the person next to you. One of my "pet peeves" during a 5K run and up. . .when others look at you and "size you up" suddenly you are their competition. Really? You are there to run YOUR race and not THEIRS, so don't get caught up in the hype!
3) Run your best race! Dig deep while you train and think about how you approach things in life. If you are strong and finish strong BRING THAT WITH YOU! If you approach life softly and you want to change it up, running is a great way to challenge yourself. Once you challenge yourself and approach it differently than life, you will see what you CAN do, as opposed to what you can't! Great way to push yourself!
Last but not least! RUN HAPPY and BE SAFE!
You Know You're a Running Addict When. . .
2. You never comb your hair (maybe for work) and you always wear your running cap and shorts.
3. When the latest fashion has to do with the latest running shoe, running gadget, sports gels and drinks!
4. When you run so much that you pull a muscle or throw out your back but you still run because, "it will shake itself out"!. . .and your form is all jacked up but you run anyway!
5. When you "jack up" your feet with missing toe nails, blisters, cuts and oversized bunions but you walk around showing them proudly to the public hoping someone will ask you, "what in the heck happened to your feet"? A great start to a running conversation!
6. When you open your closet and there are more Runner's World Magazines and running shoes than there are clothes.
7. No matter where you are, you want to just break out and run!
8. When you PR in an event and you are STILL not happy, so you register for 3 more events just to PR and once you PR. . .you could have done better!
9. When you are injured and you actually listen to the doctor and take time off and it seems like EVERYONE is running, even Grand-mama!
10. You know you are addicted to running when you meet up with another runner and you literally talk for over 2 hours about running. Your form, injuries, events and workouts over and over again!
Yeah, I am a running addict, I've been a running addict since the 8th grade and I have say I am proud of it!