Trust the Journey

 

We’re on the plane. There are so many thoughts going through my head at the moment. I’m still in shock we’re actually doing this. Even just three weeks ago I wasn’t sure my body was going to let me run.

It all finally hit me last night and instead of packing I drank tea and sat in bed.

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I was hoping Nala would pack for me, but she really doesn’t do much except hiss at the other two hairless cats and then come sit on me when they’re away. And yes, if you must know that’s a dryer sheet on the floor there in my room. You’d think I’d pick it up or something before taking a picture. Classy.

Anyhoo..

I had a couple last slow runs over the past few days on the treadmill to test out the new Mizuno kicks and see if I want to race in them Monday.

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I’m not sure what shoes I’m running in Monday and I’m still on the fence with the whole race outfit actually. It’s supposed to be cold and rainy so I brought a couple different options. Thank goodness JetBlue has one free checked bag. Ha.

The latest treadmill entertainment was this movie.

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It was cute. It reminded me of a Hallmark type movie, but if you’re a mom you could relate and laugh a bit.

Coach Elizabeth had me adding beets to different meals this past week. I added them to a Vega One mocha smoothie yesterday.

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Here’s everything that went in the mix just in case you want to recreate it at home- 1 1/2 cup Silk almondmilk, 2 beets (I bought the ones already peeled from Costco), spinach, a scoop of Vega One mocha flavor, 1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon Vega maca and a little crushed ice.

It was good and I kind of wish I had one on the plane right now.

This guy has been enjoying his smoothies lately too. We make different version of the chocolate salad milkshake.. This particular one had frozen avocado, frozen banana, spinach, low fat milk, cocoa powder and honey.

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Smile if you like smoothies.

Smile

 

Let’s get serious for just a bit.

Given there are two days until the Boston Marathon, I really wish I was in a different place going into this, On the other hand though I’m just so thankful and humbled that it’s actually happening. Who the heck am I to be able to run on a misshaped hip that doesn’t fit in the socket and causes all kinds of other problems like hip dysplasia? I mean really. I’m so lucky to just be able to trudge along right now.

At this point the experts and coaches marathoners to trust your training. Whelp, I didn’t really have a training cycle, it was more of a test to see if I could get a few long runs in to feel out the legs after a couple months of absolutely no running. I have no idea how many weekly miles I ran the past four weeks that I’ve actually been running. That’s definitely a first for me going into a race. But I guess I’ll trust the few that I fit in.

I DO know though that barely any of my miles were under an 8:00 minute mile pace which a year ago was a piece of cake. I’m not complaining at all, miles are miles. At this point pain free miles are gifts. It’s just weird being in such a different place.

The pros always tell you to trust the taper too. Again, since I didn’t do any hard training, I haven’t really done any kind of a taper. Go figure.

I guess we’ll just see what’s in store on Monday.

I’m nervous because I don’t know what to expect. I know I’m going slow and have no time expectations. I know I just want to finish. I know I just want to take it all in and make sure to find some new friends out on the course and high five as many kids on the sidelines as possible. I know I’ll have a whole new perspective this time.

I’m trusting the journey that got me here. It’s been one heck of one. I registered for the race with big dreams of getting a PR, focusing on my training and getting a really great time. I was sure I was going to do better than last year at the whole Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge. Those dreams turned into just hopes to be able to run again. Funny how life works sometimes, isn’t it?

Well, I’m trusting the journey. I’m trusting that I was meant to run again this year in a whole different way. I’m trusting that if this is one of my last marathons that it will be spectacular no matter what.I’m trusting that Mom and I are going to have the time of our lives this weekend.

 

I’ll be on instagram over the weekend and try to get a post up before the race.

If not though, stay tuned because Monday morning while I’m cold and wet and waiting to start the marathon, they’ll be a HUGE Pro Compression GIVEAWAY up on here.

Woo hoo. It’s about time, right?

 

You all are awesome. I just have to tell you that.

Smile

See you in Boston!

(Gosh I hope I can get a couple hours of sleep on this darn plane.)

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Comments

  1. 1
    Erica says:

    Will be thinking of you!!! <3 <3 <3

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    Tess says:

    You’ve got this girl. Just keep on thinking about what you always say…..”Time is love”. That can apply to yourself in a big way. Take this time to savor every minute you spend on that race field. Appreciate that you are there. Focus on your enjoyment and gratitude and you’ll blow the race out of the water. You can’t get this race/time back, immerse yourself in it!!! I’ll be keeping up with you!!

  3. 3
    Kathy says:

    Love those recaps!!! Thinking of you and all the runners over the weekend…..I am sure everyone is feeling nervous, thankful, excited, jittery, and maybe tired ~ all for different reasons too…..Just do what you can do and enjoy it!!

  4. 4

    Best of luck to you on Monday! I will be cheering you on. You’re an inspiration 🙂

  5. 5
    Ash Diamond says:

    Good luck and prayers for a HEALTHY race on Monday! Enjoy the experience and soak it all in! Yoru strength is contagious!

  6. 6

    You’re running BOSTON!! What an amazing opportunity, that so many people only get to dream about doing! I can understand the nervousness, especially when you’re unsure of what to expect of your body on that day, but it sounds to me that you’ve got the perfect attitude – ENJOY IT. Smile at all of the spectators, take in all of the beautiful scenery, pray and listen for God to show you the beauty in the day no matter what pace you’re running at. You’re going to have an incredible time and I can’t wait to hear about it! <3

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    marti says:

    Will be thinking and praying for you Monday! Can’t wait to see your journey. One step at a time! You truly are amazing girl. 🙂 enjoy the ride!

  8. 8

    Sending you tons of hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 9
    Denise says:

    It may not be under your ideal conditions…. But who cares , you are running the BOSTON MARATHON!!

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    Julie says:

    I am praying that you get a bit of rest and that you enjoy every minute of running Boston! Even though you aren’t going in to the race the way you hoped you would, I pray it will be a sweet time for you and a memory you will store away for a long time to come. Blessings!

  11. 11

    Someday we should talk. I had a similar journey, though it was my knee that failed me, not my hip. I also went from running relatively fast to not running to running again but much slower. It is difficult to say the least, to come to terms with the “might have been.” Of course now aging has taken its toll too. But, I still love the journey and feel grateful that I still can run, no matter how slow (and take the opportunity to remember the PRs as often as I can on the blog 🙂 ). Soak up the experience, have a wonderful time, but remember, in the end it’s just a race.

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    Trevor E says:

    heheheeh. That is one heck of a smoothie smile!! Love it 🙂

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