a lovely girl i know ran the chicago marathon on sunday. it was her first marathon.
she started running a few years back and gradually worked her way up through the various race distances out there. and this year she decided to take on a marathon.
and she is adorable.
she runs with such joy. her enthusiasm is tangible.
i followed her facebook updates as she ran in chicago, giving her a stride on for each update, knowing she wouldn't see them until it was all over.
and when it was all over? webster's could use her finish line photo for the definition of "happiness."
i admire the hell out of her. she runs for the love of it, for the fun of it. she's not afraid of sharing her experience with the world, putting it out there for all to see. she does not care what the numbers on the clock read, because she know that what the numbers on the clock say is "i rocked that race!"
as she covered those 26.2 miles she reminded me of so many things. and she taught me so much more.
i was supposed to run a marathon in two weeks.
but i won't be running a marathon in two weeks.
i knew when i registered, back in june, that there was every possibility that this would happen. but i registered anyway.
i've worked all summer, and all fall. i've done everything i was supposed to do. everything the doctor told me to do (and didn't do what he told me not to do). i'm in the best shape i've ever been in.
but the doctor, and my knees, and my common sense all told me that it's just not possible this year.
maybe next year. but not this year.
so i contacted the race director and transferred to a shorter distance. and i backed way way way off of my miles.
a relative asked this week about my running and my race plans for the fall. so i told her. it was the first time i'd told anyone (besides my crew, of course) about any part of the plan.
"that is so brave of you."
then someone else asked her a question, so she didn't see me start to cry.
this is not something people tend to say to me.
usually i get the people who somehow think that i am less because the distance i run is less than it used to be, or the time that it takes me to run the distance is more than it used to be.
(because those people are there. and they insist on making there presence known. i don't know why.)
but they don't really know me at all.
i love to run. plain and simple.
i wanted to run another marathon. because i love to run.
and i will not be running that marathon. because i love to run.
because the goal is not to run one more marathon. the goal is to keep on running.
and i plan to keep on running. for as long as i can.