I woke up at 3:00 am yesterday (which for the record felt with 2:00 am with the time change) to drive up to LA to work the Hangar Half Marathon. When I arrived my caffeine hadn’t hit me, it was freezing and completely dark outside…needless to say I was a little bit grumpy.
Before the runners headed to the start line a few stopped by my booth to grab some samples and an older man came up and asked me if I was going to be running. Without even thinking I made a sarcastic comment and said “No way. I’m so happy I don’t HAVE to run this morning. Waking up this early to work was hard enough”. I expected him to laugh or walk away but his response totally blew me away. He said, “You never HAVE to run. You should always be thankful you get to run”.
He went on to tell me about how none of his friends can run anymore due to injuries so he was so thankful he could still come out and run despite some aches and pains.
I wished him goodluck and never saw him again but that comment he made that you never HAVE to run and to be thankful to have the ability to run if you choose really stuck with me.
My attitude completly changed for the rest of the event and I cheerfully chatted with everyone who came to my booth about the race, their PR’s, their first marathons, which races they had coming up…etc.
So think about that going into this week. Instead of dreading going to the gym or going on a run focus on the fact that you have the ability to so if you choose. Some people out there are too sick, are injured, don’t have money to afford a membership and we should all be thankful.
Speaking of being thankful WOW were we spoiled in San Diego with some beautiful weather this weekend.
Since I had to work yesterday my long run got switched to Saturday and Bryce, his brother, my mom and I did an incredible 10 mile trail run. It was the perfect temperature, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and there were the most gorgeous wildflowers blooming along the trail.
We all felt so strong on our run and it’s exactly the kind of run I needed going into these final weeks of training before the Hot Chocolate 15k.
This is going to be a crazy kind of forced taper week for me because I’M GOING TO SAN FRANCISCO/ NAPA THIS WEEKEND WOOOOOOOOO!
I can’t wait to visit friends, drink some wine and have fun!
I know already this won’t be the most ideal training week but hey sometimes you have to live a little.
Here’s what the Hot Chocolate 15k people recommend doing this week:
And as usual I’m not doing to stick to that plan 100% so here’s what I’m doing:
- Monday: 5 miles at race pace (9:00/ mi)
- Tuesday: yoga
- Wednesday: 4 easy miles + yoga sculpt
- Thursday: 9-10 miles
- Friday: San Francisco
- Saturday: San Francisco
- Sunday: San Francisco
Why do you run?
What are you thankful for this week?
Any fun vacations/trips coming up?