Being that running is the first thing that brought us all together, we share in each others goals, training plans, worries and triumphs when it comes to racing. We know each others PRs. We know each others upcoming races. We know about each others training and the challenges faced along the way. And I know for me, I get invested. So as one of my girls approach their first half-marathon, or a hopeful PR marathon, I am excited and nervous and hopeful and sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for news. I'm pretty sure I can safely say I'm not the only one who feels this way.
We all got to experience this recently with our friend, Katie. Katie is one of our fastest runners and she is so inspiring for all of us. She's super talented, but I'm not sure she really sees it and that is probably one of the many reasons we like her so much. Anyway, Katie has been training HARD for the Chicago marathon. In fact, this was the first time she'd done a lot of what she did in training. It wasn't always fun. It was super challenging. And because she'd never done much of it, she was not quite sure if she was doing it right, if she was doing all she could, or if it would result in a PR marathon. Her goal was a 3:15. Her best was a 3:18.
Now, I felt the whole time that she had it in the bag. Not only is she already a strong and amazing runner, her training was hard core and she stuck with it the entire time. Still, there is always room for something beyond one's control to happen in a marathon. I have experienced it and seen it happen in others. And it is heartbreaking. Katie knows this too, and so as the marathon approached and she began to question and doubt and wonder and talk herself out of being disappointed if it didn't happen, the girls and I were right there with her.
On race day the e-mails were flying. We were on our computers before and after church services, and I wondered how she was doing the whole morning. And then I saw it. The e-mail titled, "KATIE ROCKS!" I almost stood up and cheered. I said, "SHE DID IT! SHE DID IT!" as Jason asked who did what. The e-mails continued to fly as each of us discovered the news. I'm sure Katie's phone and facebook page began to light up with congratulations and comments as her friends and family realized she had achieved her PR.
But I like to think her morning running crew were the ones who really knew, who really understood.
Anyway, Katie is back in town now and took a few moments to post quickly on her blog that she had in fact reached her goal and that she'd tell more soon (for which I am impatiently waiting). In her post she mentions a sign she read while running, and I found it so inspiring.
"There will come a day when you will not be able to do this. Today is not that day!"
Katie didn't have time to write much, but she did say she thought about these words for much of the race. I can understand why. These words are simple, but so powerful too! I absolutely love this and intend to use it as inspiration for my next event as well.
So today, this post is dedicated to Katie, my amazing marathoning and mothering friend. Check out her blog for an update on her marathon. I know that's what I'll be doing...or I might just show up at her house with 2 cups of coffee if I can't wait any longer for the scoop.