Last week's "long" run was to consist of 14 miles. 14 miles, you may think would be a "breeze" at this point, but for me yesterday, it. was. BRUTAL!! About mile 5, I thought about quitting. I couldn't get a stride, a breath, or a good thought. My body was simply not responding like it has been and I was QUITE frustrated, to say the least. I mean, one would think at THIS point in the game 14 miles would be an easy run. NOOOOT!!! Thankfully I have a friend would has run a marathon before so I texted her. I asked her if she had ever abanoned a run. Her reply : "YES! And I was FURIOUS with myself!" ---- soooo, the obvious answer for me to quit: "HEEECK NO!" We continued to text back and forth for about 4-5 miles (which kind of took the pressure off of the thought of running because I "had" to stop to text! HA) THEN, the phone rang, and of COURSE I had to answer it. Another friend, another mile--yeeehaaaw!! Before I knew it, I was at 10 miles and there was NO WAY this ole gal was quitting with a measly 3 miles left. I mean-heck-I have been running 3 miles for 15 years. I. Got. THIS!
So--to abandon or not? For me, it's a personal challenge that I wish to conquer. 26.2 miles is a looooooong way to run and I completely accept my role to condition this body and mind for that run. Do I abandon my 14 miles? answered lies within. Absolutely not--running is a parralel to life. Life isn't always easy. We make choices that sometimes come with consequences, NOT EASY consequences. Things happen that ma y cause us to want to quit. But we must perservere. Winners cross that finishline! Ultimately, we are left with looking at ourselves in that mirror of life. I want to see myself as a winner. Ultimately, we are all dealing with some kind of challenge in life. Will you abandon your run?