Sep 30


Legs_RCMy legs and I are having a disagreement this morning about whether or not we’re going to do our five mile training run today.

I’m all in.  I know that if I’m going to make it to the starting line and, more importantly, the finish line on the 20th, it’s these last few weeks of runs that matter most.

THEY, however, contend that I’m being greedy after the 20 mile “mock marathon” we ran on Saturday and should be given at least the day off… though I feel they’re actually angling for the who first half of the week.

I tried to explain to them that they’d feel better once we got out there… they didn’t bite.

I tried to tell them that we should be excited because we are in “taper” now with the marathon only 20 days away.  The runs get shorter and shorter from here… they said something to the effect of “taper this!”

I told them to stop being a heel… they didn’t laugh.

In the 25 plus weeks that I’ve been training for this marathon, I’ve learned a lot more about life than I have about running.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve learned more about chaffing, nipple cream and lost toenails than anyone should have to know.  But, it’s the bigger lessons that will carry me through that run and in the much longer race of life.  When I’m out there today on my 5-miler, this weekend for 12 or on that glorious October morning when it’s 26.2 or bust… I know what will carry me to the finish line.  No matter how much your legs want to stop, they’re strong enough to carry you wherever you need to get… as long as your heart and your brain are stronger.  That is what gets you to finish line.

“For nothing is impossible with God…” — Luke 1:37


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  1. “taper this” that was great! 🙂 while running will NEVER be my thing, I am inspired by you runners and the life lessons you learn…thanks for sharing 🙂

      • Clay on September 30, 2013 at 6:20 pm
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      No pressure, April, but I swear… “running will never be my thing” was something I said MANY, MANY times not that many years ago. That’s the crazy thing about life… sometimes the most exciting chapters are the ones that we never thought we’d write.

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