Sunday, July 27, 2008

Half-Way There, and Living on a Prayer

I couldn't help but think about the Bon Jovi song "Living on a Prayer" tonight as I was running. I knew that this particular run would put me half-way to my mileage 2008 goal, and I definitely need prayers to make it! I ran by a friend in the neighborhood. She asked me if I was training tonight, and I said "Yes, Pray for me!"

I also realized on my run tonight that I was surpassing 13 miles--or running more than a half marathon! I'm glad I didn't put this together before I set out! I might have been worried. As it is, I just did what the little paper with a number in a box told me to do. If I had to double that number tomorrow---I don't think I could do it.

This my dear friend is the beauty of the marathon process. When I ran 7 miles last time, it was ALL I could do. I ran 14 tonight, and it was ALL I could do. Runs will become longer, limits will be pushed, and new milestones will be met. That being said, I finally feel like I AM half way there! Frankly, this process brings LOTS of prayers.

It's not pretty--I'm slow and I'm frustrated, but I'm trusting my training schedule. On a practical note, I took my first post-run ice bath of this training period. I discovered that wrapping my upper body in a towel made the entire process MUCH more "pleasant." These baths are torture, but worth every bit of the pain.

Why do I like this so much? Frankly, it's a mystery...but I'm working on figuring it out. I think it has something to do with finding my TRUE limit, which is MUCH MORE than I thought I could take. I want to live my life that way...pushing myself, taking risks, and stepping out "Living on a Prayer."


Marci said...

Good post! I can't imagine doing 14 miles yet, but in 2 1/2 short weeks, we will be there too. Uugghh!! Prayers are definitely needed cause I wonder if I could even finish a 1/2 marathon at this point.

Ice bath, really??? I am not sure I could bring myself to that one. Recovery drinks are working well for me at this point. When I hit longer miles I might change my mind.

You know you can do it- - -you have done it before. You have conquered the 26.2. I, on the other hand, have not and have the doubts daily.

Anonymous said...

I have another song..."Did you ever know that you're my hero..." You rock Dalene!! Maybe you're finally finding that elusive 'balance' - a full time job, 4 kids, marathon runner - that helps keep you content...let me know if it's working for you! Rach