Hope everyone had a great weekend - racing or not. I did not race - my next race is the Hoover Dam Half Marathon on October 29th with Calico Racing. It's my favorite place to run - I can't wait to run that course again!
Sunday morning I was glued to the LIVE Streaming of the Chicago Marathon. What an amazing event! I had several friends running that race, I was hoping to see them. It's always fun to track progress and cheer from afar. I am happy to report all my friends finished. Two of them, this was their first Full. Congrats to all!
Monday morning - I see an onslaught of Twitter, Facebook and DailyMile updates giving race reports or training reports. I see a very alarming trend - COMPLAINERS.
Why is it that almost every run we do we have to complain about SOMETHING. My knee hurts, my shin hurts, the dog was chasing me, the course was bad, the weather took my energy...etc etc.
Can we just accept it is what it is? We will have bad runs/races. We will have bad races, but if EVERY run/race we do we are seeing the negative in the experience, why do we run? Maybe if we focus on the good of the run, we might experience better runs? Food for Thought.
Running is about fun, exercise, competition and self-achievement. Don't believe me - stop running for any period of time and you will miss it.
For now - Celebrate Your Finish and move onward. Share with us what you LIKED about the race/run. Share the love of the sport - not the "my stupid ITB is hurting again, so I missed out on a PR" My recommendation to you is to seek out medical attention, rest and allow your body to heal so you don't ruin another run/race for yourself.
Be happy you have a healthy body you CAN run. There are many who cannot.
(c) C. Ragsdale 2011
Celebrate Your Finish,
Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
Certified Sports Nutritionist, Running Coach & Public Speaker
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