"If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly."
-Pres. Thomas S. Monson

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Run Mom, Run!

So many times I sit with my computer open, trying to write what I am feeling about the last run, the last race, the last training exercise that made me want to leap for joy and cry for pain at the same time.  I have felt so many emotions this spring while I have been training and racing.
In the past 6 weeks I have run 2 full marathons, and the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay. 

The first was Ogden.  Training was rough!  I got ITBS in the middle of my training, and I doubted whether or not I would even be able to make it to the start.  This was nothing new.  I pushed forward.  My Aunt Kathy passed away a week and a half before the race.  I was overcome with grief- I would rather cry than run.  My heart had moved from my goals, to much more important things.  Come race day, as I was riding up on the bus I was so humbled as I thought about the task that was before me.  I was going to run a full marathon!  One day, I wouldn't be able to do this anymore- that wasn't that day.  No matter my goal time, I was happy and humbled to finish.  I ran a 3:38:52, 4 minutes off my goal time.  I ran into the finish with Annie, and I wouldn't have changed a single moment of the race.
While I didn't regret my time at Ogden, I knew I could hit my goal if I just had one more chance.  Our plane was delayed for our flight to Seattle, so I did what any normal person would do- I registered to run the Utah Valley Marathon last minute.  I was so nervous for this race.  I didn't tell anyone about it- it was all me.  Personal.  I had sweaty hands and feet the entire day before the race!  As we started, I kept it positive.  I even told myself that the wind was just "air conditioning."  I wouldn't let the mental part of racing get in the way of what I knew I could do.  I ended up running 3:32:51.  6 minutes faster than Ogden only 4 weeks before, and I qualified to run the Boston Marathon.  I was so proud of myself!  I knew I could do it!

Then last weekend I ran the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back.  This is my favorite race, and marks the 4 year anniversary of my first race EVER.  Crazy!  I was runner 11 this year.  I ran 7.6 miles up Old Snow Basin Road, 5.5 miles around Rockport Reservoir, and 9.8 miles up over Guardsman and down to Park City High.  It was brutal!  I was more sore after this leg than I was after either of my marathons.  My team was awesome- chuck full of inspiring mothers and great friends.  We ended up placing 3rd in the Women's Open Division by running the race in 31 hrs 10 min.  I still can't believe it!
Van 2 Runners!  Jenn Robinson, Jenn Jackman, Emily Rodriguez, Cathy Kendall, me, Sara Edwards

Stoked on Socks!  Back: Rheana Bigham, Breona Carter, Katie Nelson, Sara Edwards, Cathy Kendall, Jenn Jackman, Emily Rodriguez, Front Row: Marcae Rosenval, Mindy Kohler, me, Jenn Robinson

1 comment:

  1. You are absolutely incredible! Your drive and determination is so admirable!