Today, instead of doing my usual old lady morning yoga, I decided to do some cardio with The Firm’s Boot Camp. The lady on the TV seemed more out of breath than I was and I was doing the big moves like her.
I’m not going to pretend like I know what she went through today. I cannot comprehend the physical or mental stamina required to complete such a feat. What I do know is that I’ve been there the whole way during her training and I’ve seen her improve as a runner and its given me more of an insight to what she’s all about. I saw this girl pick herself up from injury last year and work her way back up despite having a demanding job and finishing her undergrad. She just won’t quit. You can’t take that from someone like her. There were times when I felt like I couldn’t give her any support because I have no experience with any of this running stuff. All of my experience is with water sports. I’m out of my depth when it comes to this. So I did my best to help her along her runs, make sure she ate right, and wake her up to get her butt out that door. And now here she is, at the finish line of the LA Marathon after months of training. She says that she appreciates me being there all the time, especially when I could be doing something “better”. It doesn’t feel like I’m sacrificing anything at all. Maybe it doesn’t feel like a lot because I love being there. How often does someone get to know their partner that well? To see them at their lowest and finally understand how far they’ve come. I guess no matter how many meals I make or how shoddy my advice is, sometimes the best thing to do is to just talk to her, keep her mind off the strain, open her water when she can’t, make her laugh, and when it’s all over hug her and remind her that I have never been so proud. My girlfriend is a runner, and a damned good one. If that’s all I ever knew about her, it’d be enough.
I have tears in my eyes. I wish I had just a fraction of support you’ve given to this woman. Congrats to you both!
My dream/goal to run my first marathon has came true. I completed the 2013 Asics LA Marathon!! It was an amazing experience, I was able to do well until i hit mile 18. My legs were killing me so much in the final 8 miles, but i fought through. I went through so much pain, but i felt so accomplished! I finished at 5:04:16
Congratulations to rest of the runners who participated! (:
What I meant by worse is that my injuries started kicking in. I was doing so good in the first half, where I was keeping a good 8 min/mile pace, and then I started decreasing and ended up doing 10 min/mile. At least I finished my third and retiring on a good note. I will miss you LA Marathon and I promise you I will run you soon, but for now, I need to save up for out of state marathons
The best day of my life. I felt so accomplished and was so proud of myself. It just proves to show that anyone can do anything as long as you put your heart and mind into it.. always stay determined and have faith. Never sell yourself short and settle. You’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish.