Thursday, April 25, 2013
Oppositional-defiant disorder, reverse psychology, stubbornness...whatever you want to call it, if someone tells me not to do something or I can't do something, it just makes me want to do it more. I have been on the fence about running a marathon again this year. I ran my first one last fall and while I finished it, it did not go as well as I had planned. My training was off, I got lost on the course and ran two extra miles, and mentally just was not on my game. I had been shooting for under 5 hrs and instead ended up finishing in 5:50 (granted, that was for 28 miles instead of 26.2 but still...). After the bombing in Boston, though, I kept thinking that nobody was going to tell runners that they should be afraid to run. I also kept thinking about those poor people that will not be able to run or walk again on their own two legs. I am going to run a marathon again this year and I am going to train to run it in 4:09, the finish time that was on the clock when the bombs went off. Every time I think about slacking off and not going on the training run on my schedule - because I know there will be those days - I am going to think about Boston. Boston Strong!