It was Chris McCormack (Macca) who got me through my 20 miler last weekend and Terry Fox who helped me breeze through my 12 miler on Saturday with a smile on my face. Now I am looking for someone to inspire me through 26.2 miles in 2 weeks time.
The night before my last 20 miler I was glued to my computer watching Kona. I sat in awe as Macca broke away from Andreas Raelert to win. As I was nearing the end of my run and trying to maintain 10-15 seconds faster then marathon pace for the last 4 miles, all I thought about was how Macca must have been feeling during the last 3-4 miles of his race. I thought to myself, my suffering is NOTHING compared to what he must have been feeling in those final miles and yet he was still able to break away and give it one last hard effort. So I told myself to suck it up and to stop being a wimp. It worked! I finished that run feeling strong and was very happy with the results.
This Saturday I had a nice 12 miler on deck. It was a beautiful day and I was really enjoying the run. I was by myself and enjoying the solitude. I was perhaps going out abit too fast for a long run, but everything just felt good so I went with it. With about 4 miles to go, though, I started to feel it abit. It was then that I ran right in the middle of a race going on in the park... The Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research. It was just what I needed to help me get my second wind and finish up that run strong. I just thought about how incredible Terry Fox was and how he must of felt each day that he was out there giving it his all. It also made me realize how lucky I was to be able to run and to have my health. I finished that run with a big smile on my face, loving my life.
So now I am looking for someone to inspire me through 26.2 miles on October 31, 2010. I am looking for a good book, movie, or article to help inspire me and get me through those last tough miles.
If anyone has any recommendations I would love to hear them! I need all the help I can get!!