“You already have everything you need to be a long-distance athlete. It’s mindset, not miles, that separates those who do from those who dream.” – John Bingham
So many miles have passed – again – since my last post, and I pledge that I’ll do better as my buildup to the New York City Marathon reaches the halfway point.
For months, I’ve known that I’d be running, I just didn’t know what the journey would look like. It was late June, after more than a month of regular running, that a turning point came in my training. It marked the beginning of my dedicated marathon training. Soon after, a Fourth of July race in Minneapolis gave me hope and reinforced progress was happening. And since then, I’ve piled on plenty of miles, and my gratitude for the blessings in life is abundant. I’m looking forward to the Wild Hog Half Marathon in Grand Forks and running a 26K loop around the lake during the Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon.
Along the way, I’ve built up my weekend long run, re-established my morning running routine, racked up a streak of consecutive days running, and had a blast meeting up with Grand Forks runners for Wild Hog Wednesday at the race’s namesake restaurant.
There’s been some tragedy: Lisa Knudson, another well-known and respected triathlete, died when a vehicle struck her bicycle. I didn’t know her, but I recognized her. Some of my friends knew her well. And my thoughts and prayers go to those family and friends who will miss Lisa.
There’s been some fun: After an Ice Bucket Challenge from WDAZ TV, I had a chance to experience a 5-gallon bucket of ice water being poured on my head – raising some dollars and hopefully some awareness for ALS.
It’s impossible to catch up on all the happenings and thoughts from my recent running adventures. But I’ve booked the airline ticket and hotel for New York, and I’m feeling godo about the progress of training. In part, I feel lucky that I’ve been able to continue building miles, and still sidestep and train through some injuries and other aches.
Expect more frequent postings in the coming days and weeks. Before signing off for today, though, I want to give a shout out to former and current running pals for their awesome performances at last Saturday’s Go Far Half Marathon in Fargo: Mandy Elseth (2nd), Gwen Mars (9th) and Rachel Hellyer (13th). Awesome job, ladies, and congrats to all the finishers.