I might not be the best for advice. I tend to get hurt from a certain level of stupidity. And I'm not always the most patient person.
BUT, I'VE GOT STAMINA!!
Life has been really pushing me around lately, and I've kept putting forth the energy. Everyone at work thinks it's amazing how up beat I am, none of them know about my family or life problems (actually one person does). Spark is the only facet of life where I let my "Guard Down", the rest need my Double A game.
All this came out Sunday during my runs. Bay City, MI has a very large St. Pats celebration for such a small town (around 30,000). The races and walk that day contained 4611 registered participants, and who knows haw many extras. I signed up for the "Irish Double". It is an 8k at 9:30 and a 5k at 11:30. Life hasn't been easy, and my energy levels were depleted to start with. Then I got hit with some form of stomach bug. Don't get true sickness anymore, just get that upset and tired feeling for a day. Well, I had it that day. Fell back to sleep in the morning and almost missed the race. Parked at work, jogged the six blocks to the start line, got in the front third of the pack, bent over twice, and we are off. No kidding, had about 15 seconds to get ready for race. Told myself before that I was going to "Take it Easy", but run the 5k hard. At mile number 2, I started "TASTING" my breakfast, by mile 3 my fingers were going numb, and at mile 4 "I HURT" bad. Finished the race, got my finisher medal, a frozen banana, frozen orange, and jogged back to work (quickly). Made it to the bathroom/locker room and spent the next hour between recovery and a body purging evacuation (if you get my drift). Then it was fresh clothes, walk back to the start this time, 5 minutes of stretch and mental pep talk. Got way up front in this group and took of the best I could. I felt much much much better this time. Although I could feel no energy what so ever, I was still going at it.
Thought to myself, I've been through enough crap lately, I AM GETTING THROUGH THIS!
Did both my races without stopping, then turned around and ran the Riverfront Grille from 1 PM until close at 11 PM. I Did It! I Made it Through!
And here are some numbers for you-
8k finished 148 out of 927 Time of 38:42
5k finished 258 out of 2854 Time of 24:18
I would like to thank anyone how has been listening, supporting, and praying for me. It's working.
And to all those in the middle of life's travels- Keep Pushing
Doesn't matter if it's weight loss, fitness, homework, job, wife, husband, kids or yourself. It is so worth it to look back and say
Please- stand up, move forward, and carry on.