If you are a friend of mine on FB, you saw that I have officially lost my mind and have decided to train for the Nike Women's Marathon. Well, actually I am only doing the half marathon, 13.1, does that make me slightly less crazy?
Done it before. A few times. No big deal, right? The only difference is that the day I decided to sign up I had just over 3 weeks to train. And to date, the marathon is just under 2 weeks away. So what have I have been doing? Obsessively? Running. Logging in just under 40 miles in 12 days. And a long 7 miler this past Sunday. It's all my daughter Jessica's fault you know. She signed up last minute and I, like the child I am, didn't want to be left out so I signed up too. But honestly, I am really excited to be doing this with Jess. This will be our 3rd NWM, and although we don't run it together, for the obvious reason that she leaves me in her dust trail, she and I have an absolute blast together.
And how do I feel? Amazing. Which I shouldn't, if the truth be told. Since my mom passed away in July, my running has been slacking to say the least. But for some reason, I feel strong and capable and mentally, I feel better then I have in months. I purge so much garbage that swirls around in my head when I am running. I feel free from the burdens that weigh heavy upon me, when I lace up my shoes and turn on my music.
And as is true with me and my music, I tend to attach myself to a group for weeks on end. Not that the artists are the only music that I listen to but as odd as it might seem, the music that seems to find me at certain points in my life, seems to be just what I need in those moments. This is my latest. They are coming to San Diego in November. I would really like to to go. They are Needtobreathe and this song , is one of my favorite. Although the entire album is incredible. Sometimes, when, this song comes on, and I am out there, I start to cry. I think of my mom, and I imagine she is saying these exact things to me. And the tears and the pace at which I run, empower me and I have the peace and knowledge that everything is going to be okay. It really and truly is.