This is what approximately 45,000 people looks like.
Yesterday I completed my 5th Sun Run. I didn’t go into this looking for a fantastic time. In the next few years I will set a few goals. I would like to come in under an hour at least once in this lifetime and this is doable. My best time in this run was 1:03 two years back.
Eye Candy & a Potassium rich fruit
I have been recovering and the process has been slow. I am rebuilding.
My daughter and I had a great discussion about the psychology of running yesterday afternoon. My girl finished the race in 58 minutes.
She’s never done a 1/2 marathon but is considering it so she asked me about my experience last year as I trained and then ran it.
I told her that if you want to find out about yourself, train for a 1/2 marathon and keep a journal. Your goals for wanting to do it will certainly be a different when you finish the race. I told her about the race itself, how many emotions I experienced.
At times I would have a steady pace going and I’d just be in a trance like state. I love it when I am in the ‘zone’. I had a knot in my calf muscle that made the run a bit more of a challenge.
There were points in the race where I seriously questioned why I was doing this thing. At times in my delirium I was chastising and condemning all that I was doing only to follow the line of though with positive re-inforcement.
As each kilometer slipped behind me it came down to dogged determination.
The single thought ‘I can do this. I am doing this. I will finish this.’
Okay, maybe that’s more than one thought but that became the focus as the legs began to feel like rubber and the body emptied itself of all the fluids it ever held yet still I was ringing out ever pour and the body was parched and wanting.
The final leg of the 1/2 Marathon is along Pender Street. The last kilometer you can see the finish line. And man, at times it seemed elusive. I dug down a little deeper as people called out my name ‘Go Nancy!’
And I wondered how they knew my name forgetting that it was printed on my bib.
A weird smile that may have appeared as more of grimace graced my lips. I dug down a little deeper.
‘You’re almost there.’ I assured myself.
The last 50 metres I felt as if I was running through quick sand. And you know the funny thing is that as soon as I crossed the finish line last year, a rush of energy infused me and I felt a rebirth.
It is a remarkable thing to experience.
This year as I approached the finish line of the Sun Run I thought of how far I’ve come in the last 5 years since I began running again. It has changed my life, literally. It has saved my life, literally.
Several times yesterday I moments where tears pushed forward.
When I was running across the Burrard St. bridge I was reminded of the first run with my running clinic back in February 2010. That I continued on with the program really is remarkable to me and what I’ve learned about self is that when I make up my mind to do something….when I make that committment…you’ll be hardpressed to try and persuade me otherwise.
And five years ago I had excessive weight still on my person and yesterday I knew that I would be able to shed the pounds accumulated during treatment.
It’s time to refocus. Time to rebuild. Time to carry on and live.