#tbt to the Richmond Marathon last year. I had almost a 10 minute PR and realized that my goal of a BQ maybe wasn't so crazy. I'd trained for months for this race, incorporating speed work for the first time and having a goal bigger than just to finish. Richmond was tough! Hilly, cold, and I was hungry and dehydrated by the end. But I fought hard through every ache, through lightheadedness and fatigue, for my goal. Crossing the finish line, I didn't even know my time, but I felt defeated. When I learned it was 3:50, and a huge PR, I cried.
We work hard as runners. We mentally, physically, and emotionally devote ourselves to the sport. Crossing a finish line is a physical marker of our success, our strength. .
I'm a long ways away from that moment a year ago. I've had a bigger PR, I've had an injury, and I've had setbacks. I couldn't run a 3:50 today. But I know that my future includes a BQ, it includes that feeling of fighting with every ounce to hit my goal. 👉Setbacks and barriers will always come up; sickness, injury, life events--they happen. We may feel defeated or lost, but know that we CAN come back. We CAN be stronger. If you're like me and facing the reality of a step back, don't give up! Life happens in waves, and this crash will lead to the next rising👊🙏☄