In May, I heard the words, I will never do that again. Krista ran her first marathon in May. You want to run a WHAT?! Yesterday, not 5 months later, she ran her second. She ran her second after transferring schools, changing her major, working two jobs and rushing a sorority.
This time, she joined a running group; stuck more to her training and ate a restrictive diet to prepare. She also lived at college and had midterm week right before the marathon. She had hopes of doing an 8 minute mile for all 26 miles.
Yesterday’s weather was warm and humid; a stark contrast to that in May. I did not drive to see her, but rather wore my running shoes and chased after her as she snaked her way through the city of Hartford.
After she left the Hartford city limits, I raced back to watch my brother in law finish the half marathon. He had had hip surgery less than 1 year before! I am in awe that he would even attempt a 5K, let alone a half!
After that, it was wait for Krista to finish. With modern technology as it is, I saw that she was able to keep her 8 minute mile until about mile 20. Then she dropped to about 9 minute mile. Racing to see her at the finish (in under 4 hours) the first words out of her mouth was, “Don’t let me do that ever again.”
Both my daughter and my brother in law overcame obstacles to compete yesterday. Running is not easy. It is you and the pavement. Running that many miles is grueling under the best of circumstances. Having that kind of grit and determination I know that Krista will be fine in life. No matter what life throws at her. She has learned to perservere and endure when situation are less than optimal. I teach my students that it is not about the knowledge but about the sticktoitness that will utimately decide success.
As for Krista, we did some gentle yin yoga this morning. She was still saying that she won’t do another marathon, but she also told me she was going to take a full week off from working out..let’s see if she does that first.