Friday, July 9, 2010

I feel like I'm drowning..

So for the past two weeks I have been stuck with this lovely chest/head cold. I had to take a week totally off, which for a runner, is the utmost hardest thing to do. Everyday I struggled to NOT go run or swim-both I knew would hinder my progress yet I wanted to keep my body moving. After talking with my coaches and running friends, for the week I gave in and let my body rest and hydrate.

After my week off from running, I struggled to get back. That's when I had to dig deep to get through the mileage (albeit low). First, it was getting up again at 5am to fuel and be out the door before the city fills with tourists and the humidity totally takes affect on me. Next was conquering the battle of breathing-having a clogged nasal airway did not make it easy. Finally, getting my legs back to running mode.

What keeps me going? I dig deep; I always run for a reason. I run for my grandmother who I know would be so very proud of me running to raise money for cancer. I think of each mile as just that...a mile. I also know that I am a rare creature out there who can say "I've completed a marathon" and see the awe in people's eyes. Those are the thoughts that can bring me out of my drowning feeling.

I feel like I'm drowning, but I know that I'm not. It's been a bump in the road. I know that I can do this. After all, I've already completed one marathon...the next one should be easier, right?? yeah....right...