Now, that's what I call room service! That's the stash of food stuffs we had in our hotel room last weekend in Cincinnati. Ah, yes, the Flying Pig Marathon 2009 edition is now history. It was incredibly challenging and not at all for beginners. I was slowed by about one minute per mile, finishing in 4:52 (11:10/mile). I trained for 10 min./mile. Did you know about all the hills in southern Ohio? Me, neither.
When stuff like this happens- when I'm prepared for things to go one way, and they end up going another- I try to focus on the positive. Its difficult sometimes, especially when so much work has been invested. So my goal is always to remember that you cannot change the past; you cannot change what has already happened. All you can do is learn something from it, and move on. Evolve.
Mantra: Any day I can run 26.2 miles is a Good Day.
Mantra: This is what we do.
Mantra: It can't be changed; move on.
I guess these mantras are my own little prayers, in a way. Meditations, affirmations, whatever. They make me regain my focus and answer the questions: What do I want? How will I get it? Who else is involved? They work for me.
This past week has been one of not running (weird), but running assessments of elementary students at work. May is such a jam-packed month in the education world, and seeing how I'm in that world (and my husband, too), May is one of my least favorite months. I really cannot wait until its over. Three weeks until school is done ( but my daughters are in until the second week of June), and then about a one-week reprieve until my summer programming begins. Ah, summer! Maybe we'll see warm temperatures soon? I can only hope.
One last mantra: The miracle isn't that I finished; the miracle is that I had the courage to start. (John "The Penguin" Bingham)
Have a great week!