This Sunday Doug and I ran in the San Antonio Rock n Roll half Marathon. This was our second half to do this year. We (or I, Doug is still undecided) will do it again in January. I really don't think this is something "normal" people get. But for me running has become a sort of addiction, definitely a passion. I started running before I was pregnant with Lauren to loose weight. Then I did it to compete. Not so much against other people but myself. Bettering myself, my time, my body, etc. Of course after I got pregnant I stopped. I picked it up again some time after she was born for the same reason I had done it before to loose weight. But there is just something about that keeps me coming back for more. Part of it that it is good quality me time. Another, I like the pain, the sweat and the sense of accomplishment. I always tell people, "there is nothing about me that is runner. I'm short, on the stocky side, I have asthma and bad knees." I guess it's the stubborn part of me that loves proving myself wrong, defying the odds. I ran on Sunday as hard as my little legs could. I finished in 2:21:23. 15 minutes faster than in Houston and 13 minutes faster than 6 weeks ago and 8 and half faster than my goal. Now I have my eyes set on Houston there, hoping to knock another 10 minutes off. If I don't, sure I will be upset, but it give me one more reason to run. Not that I need an excuse. I love it should I need any other reason? Maybe......so here are 13
1. It's good for you
2. What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger
3. So many people can't, so I need to
4. Gives my daughter and husband something to proud of me about
5. Great people run and it's fun to meet them
6. When people ask what you did this weekend......you get to say I ran "X" amount of miles, no more saying "not much"
7. Gives me plenty of time to think
8. Great chance to pray (and that really takes the focus off what you are doing)
9. Honestly, makes be feel like a better person
10. Keeps me athletic and competitive
11. Runners just think differently about life, and I like that
12. I do it so I can call myself a runner........I'm a runner!
13. It's fun (yes I know I need help)
And for those are wondering.......13 thoughts that went through my head on Sunday
1. Here we go!
2. Yes, Doug I know what I'm doing
3. I know I said I would do the 5:1 starting at the second water stop, but I'm going to keep going
4 Pain is weakness leaving the body.
5. What is the quote on the back of my shirt? (people kept saying "nice quote")
6. Lauren, Lauren, Lauren where is Lauren, anticipating seeing her got me to each of the next miles. (Unfortunately, I didn't get to see her. Logistically not feasible, 30,000 runners, twice as many spectators. Thanks Mimi for trying)
7. It's much warmer than I thought it would be
8. Wonder how Doug is
9. Should have brought my ipod, not enough rock n roll in this rock n roll marathon
10. 3 more miles, I can do this, less than a 5k to go
11. Is it possible for your leg to just snap off at the knee
12. Who was the genius who made the last .2 straight up hill. I want names.
13. I see the finish line
and .1 I DID IT!