I saw in time hop that 2 years ago today I ran my PR and qualified for the Boston Marathon at the Mountains to Beach Marathon. I never imagined I could run the pace I did for as long as I did and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. I remember that race like it was yesterday, passing the mile markers, looking down at my watch and the excitement I got as I crossed the finish line. Man, it was a perfect day and the perfect race. I’m so glad I pushed myself beyond what I thought I could ever accomplish and now have these great memories and more confidence in my running ability.
Throughout the entire race I told myself if I wanted to run the best race of my life I needed to Be Tough and push past the pain. I had it written on my hand and repeated it to myself over and over. I know I have used that same phrase multiple times since that race and know that I learned so much about myself throughout those 26.2 miles, and I’m so grateful for that day.
Though I wasn’t able to run the Boston Marathon because of being sick while pregnant, I know that if I do want to work hard and train to get there, I can one day. I learned a lot about myself and what works best for me when training during that race and short training cycle and I’m so glad that I stuck it out and pushed myself. Even reading the recap now makes me giddy. At first not being able to run Boston made me so incredibly angry, but as time has gone on, and I have a fun little critter to care for, it has become less of a sting and the great memory of Mountains to Beach is starting to mean so much more to me.
If you’re trying to qualify or even just get a new personal best, keep pushing yourself! You are capable of so much more than you think. It will be worth it and as they say, times on the internet last forever ;)