A Shot Of Inspiration

Once again the Chicago Marathon proved it’s place among the greatest marathons in the world.

If you had a chance to watch Sunday’s race, it unfolded in dramatic fashion as Galen Rupp pulled away to become the first American man to win the race in 15 years. Jordan Hasay proved equally inspirational by striding to a third-place finish in the women’s elite race.

In the span of 6 months, Hasay has put together 2 impressive marathons — claiming third at Boston with an emotional race that proved to be the fastest debut by an American woman, and followed it with a 2-minute personal best in Chicago to become the second fastest American woman at the distance.

While I’d rather be running a fall marathon, watching the Chicago Marathon was the perfect motivation.

After surgery, I was determined to take adequate time on the front end for recovery and rehab for an injury that was expected to sideline me from running for 8 weeks. The doctor said it would be OK to begin cycling and using an elliptical after 2 weeks.

To be on the safe side, I gave myself an extra 10 days, and saddled my tri bike for a moderate paced 20-minute workout — my first workout in more than 3 weeks. It felt great until a few minutes later, and it took nearly 3 days to feel normal again.

Still, I remain undeterred, thanks to the little shots of inspiration that carry me from week to week.

A friend sent me a text of a picture we took 2 years ago after the St. George Marathon, which stands as my personal best. It came exactly at the moment I needed my spirits lifted.

The Utah Valley Marathon renewed its invitation for me to run there in June 2018. It’s billed as a fast, scenic race, and from all accounts it is an amazing event. It gives me a tangible goal to keep me motivated.

 

And then there were moments like during Sunday’s Chicago Marathon: Rupp and Hasay floating across the roads on the way to the podium. They looked so strong late in the race, and we can all learn from it. Their performances show the importance of putting all the pieces together to be a complete runner: stretching, strength training, diet, proper workout recovery and other unseen aspects of running well determine how we perform on race day.