So the Disneyland 10K went off today as planned — with great success. The full story to come tomorrow. Today is about resting and preparing. Preparing for the Half Marathon tomorrow. It will be like today’s race’s bigger brother! And there is a lot at stake!
Our vacation in California this week has been wonderful!!! But it has all been leading toward tomorrow….. The Disneyland 10K. The first part of the Dumbo Double Dare!
Runners, are you Ready??
I think I had a panic attack today. For me…..that means I was flooded with tears. Uncontrollable tears. A flood worthy of Noah’s Arc raging through my heart, squeezing all moisture from my cells, and transporting it to my eyes….where my lashes could be bathed with it.
It’s something like 18 days until the Disneyland races — affectionately called the Dumbo Double Dare. I was really nervous — until yesterday — when my friend Julia said something life changing to me.
We were texting, and I told her I was excited to run the 10K with Erin, but I was really nervous to run the Half, because I’m under-trained. I haven;t done nearly what I should have done in terms of training, and I’m 20 pounds heavier than I was at Marathon in January.
All that being what it was……Here is what Julia said. “Pull it out from your spirit! You can do it!”
Those words bounced around in my brain like a ricochet all yesterday afternoon. I woke up this morning at 6am — ready for my run with Erin. She was doing 6.2 miles. Me — I was doing 10. When Erin finished her 6.2 miles, Peter picked her up in the truck and took her home. And there I was, without my new-found running buddy — with 3.8 miles left to go. It would have been soooo easy to jump into the passenger side back seat before Peter and Erin drove away. But no. no. Before we even left the house this morning….I already k.n.e.w. what was going to happen today. I was going to do 10 miles….I was going to pull it from my spirit.
And so I did.
I feel wonderful today. My knees are a bit stiff and they’re nagging me as I climb stairs — but — my spirit is flying as high as the falcon I saw on my run this morning.
Thank you Julia. Thank you, for reminding me just how powerful and magnificent my spirit is! We are all born with a fierce little spirit. For some of us, we let it get buried under layers of sadness, fear, doubt and apathy. But when you dig down….like running a marathon or doing a triathlon requires you to do — you break through all those layers separating you from your spirit — and WHAM! BAM! your spirit breathes air and B.L.A.S.T.S. back to life…..as if it were never away.
Me — I’m a 47-year-old mom from New Jersey. But my spirit?? My spirit is Kenyan 🙂 shhhh — don’t tell her. Let her dream.
Thank you Julia. You were my Funshine today!
Ciao for now….Diane
ps — Erin is building her spirit — the running is helping her tap into it. She’s going kicking and screaming the whole way , LOL —- BUT that is how it goes. First you fight the process….until you realize….voila….YOU have BECOME a FIGHTER! After that — the world is yours!
Today a new 21-day meditation challenge by Deepak Chopra started. Perfect timing, aligned with my first baby steps on my new journey. Come along, there is room for everyone!!
10K Sunday ended with Erin and I slapping hands together in a “teamwork ^5”! 6.2 miles done. Hard work, but what I was about to face next might prove to be harder…..She wanted to go to iHop for breakfast. Ahhhh. Rut-Row!
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