On Saturday I completed Beacon Rock 25K. Barely. With temperatures soaring to nearly 100 degrees, it was a constant struggle between head and heart. For a good part of the race, my mind was winning and I wanted to quit. The ascents were relentless in the heat and I was inadequately prepared for this challenging race.
As I was contemplating quitting, I remembered a phrase—three important messages—from my recent participation as a Running Buddy with Girls on the Run:
You Got This. You’re Strong. You’re Awesome.
I kept repeating these words of strength over and over, even quietly saying them out loud to myself. It kept me going during times of distress and my heart was gaining momentum. I was going to finish this race.
However, as the miles went on, the heat and lack of preparation were taking its toll. I became okay with adding another DNF to my record; I even started composing a post-race DNF blog post. But then I remembered the advice I just shared with a friend who was running her 1st half marathon: Just keep moving forward. I knew I had to heed my own advice. [Continue Reading]