4-15-13. The Boston Marathon bombings occurred two years ago today. It’s hard to believe it’s been two years already since that horrific day.
“A moment of silence, a call for kindness and the pealing of the city’s church bells will be the hallmarks of Boston’s events noting the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon on Wednesday” This will occur at 2:49pm EST (at the time when the first bomb exploded). “Mayor Marty Walsh has declared April 15 One Boston Day, beginning a tradition that organizers say is about “resiliency, generosity, and strength of the people that make Boston the great city it is.” Click here for the entire story.
One of my favorite parts of sharing my training here and on social media is the interaction that occurs. I read every single comment I receive and bookmark the ones that hold special meaning to me.
I wanted to share a comment I received on one of the posts from last week. I have read this comment no less than 10x already and plan to print it out and carry it with me to the start line in Hopkington. I had the pleasure of meeting Judith (the author) about 18 months ago while my husband was competing in a half Ironman in Maryland. She is an incredible runner, mother and friend and I’m so thankful she shared her experiences with me.
I was going into races with plans for the neck down, but none for my head. So–I sat in the car before the race and gave myself a talk. I said: you cannot control the weather. You cannot control the course. You cannot control how you feel on one day out of 365 this year. But you CAN control how you talk to yourself for the next few hours. You know you can do this and do it well. You know what running too fast feels like and you can rein that in until the second half of this race. You also know what it feels like to hurt and you EXPECT that. Say hello to the pain and keep going. Smile at it and move along.
Felt tired at the end, kept running. Smiled at the volunteers. Told myself I only have to be brave for 1 more hour, only ½ an hour, only 10 more minutes. I cheered myself on, sometimes just saying “lock it in, lock it in, lock it in..” like a metronome to keep myself steady.
Number of times I looked at my watch: ZERO!!! I trusted my knowledge of my body. By this many years of running, I know what running and racing and going all out feels like and I controlled it without being a Garmin slave. I was my best friend on that course and every time a negative thought or pain crept in, I would hear it and replace it. I didn’t hear it and listen to it or internalize it.
I am super excited to be taking over the Women’s Running Instagram account on Sunday!! I will be posting about my day up in Boston and everything and anything to do with the Boston Marathon! My pal, Janae, will be posting over the weekend as well! So make sure you head over and follow them to get all the updates!
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