I know I’ve professed to you that one of the things I love about running is that it constantly teaches me lessons about life in general. Right now the lesson is acceptance.
I’ve been back to running for nine full weeks now. My total mileage this week was somewhere around 33 miles, with a long run of 14. From where I was just three months ago, that’s pretty damn sweet.
But I have this thing called Boston coming up in just 14 weeks. I always knew that getting back into shape for Boston was going to be tough, and that this will NOT be a PR effort.
In spite of that knowledge, however, I’m going to admit that it’s kind of tough to see/feel the reality of that. I have never entered a marathon training cycle where 14-milers were not my base long run, where they felt pretty run of the mill. I can tell you–14 is not run of the mill for me right now. And next week, I jump to 16.
I also still struggle to keep up with my friends for the most part. Without fail, one or two has been nice enough to run my slower pace with me and I love them for that. But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit it bugs me that I can’t just stay with the main group right now. Tomorrow? They start hill repeats. I can’t do that yet–I’d be stupid to do so.
Where am I going with all this? Acceptance. Yes, it’s a bit humbling to be the slow one in the group right now, to be tired at the end of a 14-mile run. However, it’s what I’ve got at this stage in the game. And so I must accept that, be happy for what I have, and concentrate on what I can do to change it.
I may never catch up to my friends by the time Boston rolls around. But that’s the deal. Next Fall I’ll be running another marathon and that one, my friends, will be one I can really attack.
Until then, I will accept.
What do you have to accept in life right now?
If you were among the 242 people who entered my giveaway for Lucy hatha leggings, random.org selected number 231, which is Beth from swimbikerundc. Congrats Beth! We’ll have to meet since we’re so close and go for a run in our matching tights!