My new mantra is inspired by John Foley- a former Blue Angel. It first hit me yesterday during a tough tempo run. I am HAPPY to be running. I am GLAD to be out on the streets, the track, the treadmill letting my legs and my mind carry me. I’m “glad to be here!”
Considering a year ago, I was forced to take the month of July off from running entirely due to severe shin splints. (see this old post “Uh Oh! We’ve Got a Gimper!”) Today, I am healthy, I’m capable of much more than I ever thought I was, and I continue to find new challenges to inspire me and keep me in love with this sport. Glad to be here!
Yesterday morning, as we worked to maintain an 8:00min/mile pace for 5 miles, that mantra running through my head kept me focused and smiling. This morning as I tackled 16 miles at an insanely early hour, that mantra kept me going and reminding myself how happy I am to be out running reminded me to take in my surroundings throughout the 2 and half hour run. I witnessed an amazing sunrise. The sky was pink and purple with lazy clouds in front of an amazingly orange and coral sun. I said a prayer right there and then and thanked God for this amazing sight and this ability to run, the strength that He gives to persevere and the endurance to run 40-50 miles each week. He is amazing! I was awestruck. My cup overfloweth.
Sometimes, we need a little set back, like a tight Achilles to remind us to just chill out! And remember what brought us into this crazy sport of running and endurance training. I love it. I see sunrises that are gorgeous on a daily basis. I have made some great friends that I never would have met. And I am a healthier, happier person because of it.
To that, I say cheers my friends!