Now with t minus FOURTEEN days till Go Time... I've started an "Important Things That Must Go To Lake Placid" manila envelope!
Hotel Confirmation for Maple Leaf Inn in Lake Placid... Gotta have it for my arrival on Wednesday July 20! TriTats for Sunday July 24... Race #868 for both arms and one leg (I think) and Race Age 32 for my calf! Pink Zoot Race Belt... Gotta be wearing pink during the day! Coloring Book and Colored Pencils... For Saturday July 23 to relax my brain!
Today was good; real good. I've trained my heart out for months for the moments I had today. I really wasn't sure that the moments I had today were possible until I looked up at the time board at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center. My mouth dropped open so wide and there was this smile. The smile of a champion. The first and second in age group really don't matter much either. My new personal bests matter but in ways are just numbers. As a swimmer; I trained and saw results. But results again are just numbers. Today I found a love for swim meets; masters meets to be more specific. My friends cheered for me and I cheered for them. I just LOVED today. As I said today was good.
I was debating on writing a full race report for last Saturday's Monster Mash Marathon in Dover, Delaware; but then I realized there was ONE thing I took away from running and completing my NINETEENTH marathon.
I Am Giving Myself credit for my 19th marathon finish. Sure my new buddy and the 5 hour 30 minute pacer Ken helped and encouraged me along that way; but I was the ONE who accomplished a 19th marathon finish. By mile 6 my Gu Hydration Electrolyte Tabs made my stomach upset and I was close to calling it a day. I dumped the electrolytes out of the bottle and replaced it with just water. So then I continued. The country roads were in the middle of nowhere and the sun came out as quickly as it could. As much as I don't prefer to walk; Ken had the small group do a 3 to 4 mile run with a 30 sec to 1 minute walk. It really helped especially when it got real warm outside. By mile 18 mentally I did not want to be out there because of the sun. With encouragement from Ken I …
Its been up and then down times that process a million times this weekend. Anyone who knows me and knows me well has to know how important this sport and journey and process is. Its more than just a t-shirt and a finisher medal and a finish time. It's about reaching goals and making friends and accomplishing things I never thought were possible. Yes I put several and countless hours a week and weekend into my training. If it makes me happy to just be out there and doing it and enjoying it; then that's all I need... right? This season has reminded me well that I don't need a podium that usually comes with another award (because I don't have room for them anyways)to smile the whole race.
I stated in this earlier blog post today that I maybe needed to LET GO of Heather as my coach and MOVE ON. I've been thinking about it ALOT today and I will send her the signed contract for one whole year of coaching with the payment for October. From the start it had nothing to d…