In exactly a week from right now I should be done with my third and final run in the Ragnar FL Keys 2014 race and my van will be in Key West waiting for our second half to finish. A month ago I was doubting I’d be able to run in this race, but I went out for my first long run in two months this morning, and I feel awesome. I still feel like I didn’t get in as much training as I would have liked, but I’m proud not to have given up.
When I couldn’t run, I rode my bike or worked out on the elliptical, which I hate because it’s so boring. I attempted comeback runs a couple times before I succeeded without crying because of the pain in my leg. In caring for my leg and combating the pain, I knew it would be hard. But I’m running again, and sweating out the weakness.
The other part that makes this great is that I have an amazing support team of local runners, and of course, my Ragnarrhea teammates. Thanks to everyone who has helped encourage me to get back out there. This Ragnar was supposed to be my most challenging because I was originally going to take on more miles. But now it’s the most challenging because I’ve had to get my head straight. Running isn’t just physical, but mental as well. And I’ve got my mantra now: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)