Monday, December 29, 2008

The Marathon & Me

I have mixed feelings on this subject. The marathon has played a big part in my life for the last five years. The marathon is what lured me to running in 2003. Before I could run 2 miles in a row I wanted to run Boston. I knew I would get there I just had to figure out how far I had to run. We have had our ups and downs but I have learned so much these last few years about running and living life. I have mixed feelings because I have decided that the marathon and I should part ways for awhile. We definitely need to take a long overdue break. I am ready to answer the call of shorter races and enjoy sleeping in and seeing my kids on weekend mornings while we enjoy a relaxed breakfast at home. This Houston marathon will be my last for some time though I don't know how long. I really feel the shorter distances will bring me much more enjoyment and greater accomplishments. I have always felt I was more of a middle distance runner. Marathon training has taught me a great deal about what I can accomplish and I have met some wonderful people that are now great friends. I have learned how to push through the physical and mental limits placed on me by myself and others. I am much stronger than I ever thought. I think I am more patient with others and more understanding when they attempt to bring me down. I have learned that is all about them and not me. I am so thankful for what I have been given and each day that I can run.