For a more detailed story visit my RUNNING BLOG HERE on my April 12th post.
Last night I read this great description of how I was feeling after that run, written by Michael on his running blog Car Back. It really helped me feel better about things. It is very inspiring, whether you are a runner or not, and so I wanted to share it with all of you here.
"What marathon runner doesn't occasionally feel deflated or unsure of their commitment or doubt their ability or their strength to cross the finish line? At the end of today's 16 mile run a friend looked at me with pain etched into her face and said "I don't think I can run another mile" in reference to next week's run. She was frightened with the possibility that she could endure no further pain; that she had reached a plateau. The pain and frustration temporarily clouded her ability to appreciate that these 16 long hard miles that she had just accomplished was in fact the longest distance she had run in her entire lifetime; a milestone of achievement that few have come to savour, a milestone that makes her children proud of their mom, a milestone that is to be acknowledged. It's a quirk of human nature that we tend to ponder what we can't do rather then celebrate what we have achieved. Can she run a marathon? Absolutely. Will it be hard? Absolutely. The expression "pain is just weakness leaving the body" may be cliche, but therein lies a nugget of truth. "