Tuesday night running with the track club is always one of my favorite during the marathon training program. The workouts, while difficult are guaranteed to be fun. In fact, if you asked me which of the track workouts are my favorite, I would probably say all of them.
After my long run this weekend, I was as much optimistic as I was discouraged. I knew (hoped) the track workout would make it all better. Our workout was a 200 meter relay. We would run 200 meters (half the track), then complete calisthenics (jumping jacks, squats, crunches, or whatever we chose) while we waited for our “teammate” to tag us for our half lap. We did 12 full laps.
I felt good! I felt energized! I was confident! I had a blast!
I love that every time I go to the track I meet someone new. Tonight, the stars lined up for me to give someone else the encouragement they needed tonight. I met a woman that was so nervous and unsure she would be able to complete the marathon. I gave her the same pep talk I would have wanted on my long run this weekend.
She kept telling me, “26 miles is such a long distance. I am so out of shape. What if I can’t do it? What if I realize at 18 miles that I can’t do 26?”
Something clicked for me! I realized I was having the same self-doubts she was—that many people that attempt this colossal endeavor also feel every single time they lace up their running shoes. I encouraged her to focus on each run one at a time and not worry about the long runs down the road. It was my light bulb moment. I have been worrying about things that are so far into the future I have no control over. If I put the miles in, everything else will fall into place.
You will not know what you are capable of unless you try.
The bonus for me was that by encouraging this courageous woman that was feeling very vulnerable, actually was exactly what I needed to quiet my own fears. I received a very important lesson tonight. Sometimes cheering for others is the best blessing one can give themselves. I am feeling blessed today!