"Her choking inspired her to vow 'never again,' and this vow pushed her to discover the helpful trick of comparing her present physical suffering in crucial moments of a race against the future emotional suffering that would await her if she allowed herself to choke again."- How Bad Do You Want It
Chicago October 2016, minutes after a 3:27:33 finish. And 10 days after the rejection email from the B.A.A. missing the cut off to run Boston 2017 by 31 seconds.
That's what fueled me that day and pushed me to secure my spot for Boston 2018 (). I fought stomach cramps from mile 8. I gagged through gels just to ensure I had enough calories to carry me to the end. I felt my calves seize and cramp for miles from a bland diet and not enough salt intake the week prior (stupid mistake from traveling and not having my normal diet on available). I had two options that day:
either fight with the God given determination instilled in me to go against all the negativity thrown at me,
or deal with the heart ache of defeat again.
I chose, and continue to choose the former.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
: @katieallen1001 (thanks for capturing the reality of fighting the good fight.)
"Hustle while they party.
Work while they sleep.
Live like they dream" -
16 miles for @stjude @ 940 pace. Sometimes its super HARD to pull yourself away from the ones you love to train but that is the #runnerslife for ya. I forgot to turn my watch back on a couple times but my @charitymiles app got me there. What's great about coaching yourself?? Well I decide what I'm doing and after that run I'm going to do another 16 instead of 18 next week. The last 3 miles today were tough. I forgot to bring fuel and was a little overdressed for 60° temps. I did well the first 13.1 so I'm happy overall with today. #runlikeagirl#running#headupwingsout#oiselle#flystyle#oisellevolée#marathontraining
Sometimes it's just as hard to go easy than hard. The goal was a 1.5 hour run in zone 2 and hoped for sub 9 pace. I felt strong and averaged an 8:27 pace with my last 2 miles being the fastest. The hardest part was not opening it up after mile 5!
Happy with week 2 of training! Got in my Recover shake, I'll get in a yoga session today or tomorrow to wrap things up before testing week.