And miles to go before I get there…

I have run in many races, so many it is hard to count. The big ones I can remember. My fastest 5k cross-country race came on my 21st birthday in Pittsburgh. My first marathon in Cleveland. My fastest marathon one year after I was supposed to be married. Walking the Nike Women’s half-marathon in San Francisco 19 weeks pregnant. My first half-marathon after Nick was born.

Also, my 34 birthday. (October 16, 2011 | 2:45). Great runs and some not so great runs that were filled with snot rockets, spitting, conversations, secret sharing, and endless miles of internal prayers to make it to the end and swearing I will never do it again. Yet, time erases the pain of the long distance runner and out I go again. It is impossible to explain the feeling if you have not experienced it, but there is something about a distance run that can’t be replaced with another form of exercise. Kipling may have said it best ….
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Here I sit, a little sore from the Jingle Bell Run for Artritis this morning (5k | 35:51) wondering what I should do next. I am 3 days into a challenge to run at least 1 mile everyday from December 1 until New Year’s Day, but that is not the big picture. A big race needs to be tackled. The marathon is calling me….



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