“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” – Hebrews 12:1
The Pittsburgh Marathon was today. I knew it was going to be a mentally hard day – after all, I’ve participated in every Pittsburgh Marathon since I moved up here (1 relay, 3 half marathons, and 2 full marathons. One of those halfs and the relay were before I had this blog!) I love the feeling of camaraderie as I run the streets, the realization that mind strength can trump body strength, and the feeling of bliss as you cross the elusive finish line.
This year, I spectated and cheered for Bob’s father and sister, both of whom did marvelously despite a cold start.
I’ve been walking 1.5 miles at the gym without pain, and this afternoon I decided enough was enough – I wanted to try and run. I started this whole running thing back in 2008 with the Couch to 5K plan, so I downloaded it and off I went. 60 second jog, 90 second walk, cycled for 20 minutes. I felt the teeniest tiniest bit of pain right at the end, so I’ll repeat this plan for a week (obviously with rest days and anti-inflammatories.)
It was hard to jog and not run. I haven’t run since March 19, and my body wanted to make up for lost time. But in due time, Corinne.