But I'm always writing in my head. I've had this post marinating in my brain since the beginning of June. It is now the beginning of August. Clearly, I'm right on top of things. So, since the boys have just left for a week and a half with their dad, perhaps I can carve out some time to get this piece finished. We'll see.
New Friends!!! And we all Coordinate so nicely!!!
I could probably write about all of the amazing experiences I had during the retreat, but I won't. My need for linear storytelling would result in a very, very long post that didn't have one particular point. So, instead, I'm going to focus on just one small aspect of an amazing weekend, one very powerful observation.
When I registered for this race, I immediately wanted to choose the 13er. I have run many before and I like the challenge. However, at the time of registration, I realized that the race would be smack dab in the middle of baseball season. Baseball season is HARD. Baseball season is one of my plates that takes an incredible amount of energy to keep spinning. This year I only had two boys playing, so it was easier than other years, but it was still really, really busy. I knew that it would be unlikely that I would be able to train for the long race in the middle of baseball season, so I just signed up for the 10K.
As Becky and I saw these groups of women, always groups, never individuals, we would shout, "way to go," "you rock!" These women were moving! They were out there, getting miles on their shoes while others were sleeping! We didn't know their stories, but we knew that they had trained for this and were overcomers in running this race!
How can you not love this??? (Photo credit skirtsports.com)
But during that weekend leading up to the race, and during the race itself, something changed. I realized something: adding "JUST" robs someone of something. If I am JUST running a 10K, that robs those women who have just trained so very hard, overcoming obstacles that I will never know, of their accomplishment. I don't want to do that! It also robs me of something. If I JUST run a 10K, that takes away from the hard work that I DID put into that run. While Becky and I sure as heck weren't trying to make it to the podium, we did run. We ran in altitude. We ran in training to get there. We didn't JUST do anything! We ran a 10K! That's a long way to go, too! Drive 6.4 miles on a busy street when you're in a hurry to give yourself an idea of how long that is, it's long! Becky and I tried shifting the way that we answered that question. Instead of, "I just ran the 10K," we responded, "I ran the 10K," or "I chose to run the 10K." Those Running Start graduates ran way too hard, and so did I, for me to rob us of our accomplishments. JUST ask my dad, Dave who is 73, and who JUST ran a 10K two weeks ago and JUST barely made it, it's a long way!!!