Monday, April 7, 2008

Olympic Victories

"Treat every accomplishment as if it were an Olympic victory."

I can't remember where I heard or read that (sorry to whatever wise person had such a great statement), but I think of it often, and use it equally as often when someone else is having trouble seeing the accomplishment in each and every small step of running.

So this weekend I had my own Olympic victory. I think I even earned a Bronze Medal in the Turtle Division :)

I headed out just after 6am for a solo run. I wasn't daring enough to plan to go *long* by myself, but I figured a medium distance run of 6.5 miles would do the trick.

As I headed out the door, the battery bar in my iPod was flashing red (crap!), as I was walking to the corner Garmie beeped loudly and told me his battery was low as I started my run, it was anybody's guess who would die first: my iPod, Garmie....or me :)

I am more than happy to say we all made it home alive and in tact ~ and again, feeling like a rockstar. I ran the entire 6.5 miles ~ only stopping for a couple seconds at stop lights (I am a law abiding citizen, you know...).....and oh yeah, I did take a nice walk break at the 3 mile mark to eat a Gu and take a good water break.

It was also at that point where I had a nice, long talk with some body parts. After 3 miles, my arm was screaming at me that it didn't exactly like the tank shirt I had chosen for this run. Apparently after the winter, it's time to get the ol' arms reconditioned for a bit of exposure rubbing ;) So I had a little pep talk ~ c'mon arm chub, it's time to get with the program! I covered the raw spot with the armband from my iPod (a big initial OUCH) and trucked on.

It was slow, and wonderful. It was another olympic victory for me. A continous, 6.5 mile run. Yeeeeeeeeee Hawwwwwwwwwwww!!!!

After my post a while back about conquering the half marathon distance, Jeff asked me how I would know when I conquered would it feel? And I had thought about it then when he posed the question, and thought I knew....but Saturday's run reaffirmed for me. I will just know.

This Saturday, I conquered 6.5 miles. I knew within 5 minutes of the start that I would do it. I could feel it. It's just something in my gut.

Now that doesn't mean that the next time I head out for 6.5 miles ~ or even less ~ that I just might not get my butt kicked. A one-time-conquering of the distance doesn't give you a lifetime guarantee.

It just means for that distance, on that day, at that moment ~ I win.

My hope is that all my running friends will experience their own Olympic victories this week. Dont't overlook them ~ they are right under your nose.

Happy Running!


Running Knitter said...

Yay! Way to go! I love runs like that. Are you still up for the Pat Tillman run?

Jeff said...

Good answer, Poke, good answer!

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Wes said...

Savor the sweet taste of victory! It won't be your last!!! I like stopping for a stretch break once in a while, especially while cycling. It just seems to rejuvinate my muscles!!!

Bev said...

That's all so true. If we can give ourselves a few more pats on the back, we might just feel better about ourselves and do better in all areas of our lives.

Hey I have a challenge for your arm chub. It's push up contest time. Come on over.

Nat said...

Well that is what I call a "Hell Yeah" moment! Well done.


Chief Wahoo said...

Congrats on your victory!

And thanks for reminding us all to enjoy our victories as well!

Yasmin said...

Poke, you're right. I had a PR this weekend and my first thought when I saw the clock wasn't, carp I'm fast, but, I was really hoping to be under *insert time here*.

That lasted until my husband told me how awesome I did. It's all in the perspective.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

YOU WIN!! I love it.

This quote reminds me of one about spouses. Always greet them like they have been gone for two weeks, even it it's been 2 hours. :D

I wish you were here so we could run together.

Viv said...

I am glad you all three made it back in tact, but especially you!

Way to own those miles, you champ!

J~Mom said...

Sounds like someone is ready to train for a marathon in the fall!

Carly said...

Nice Job!

Pssst...You have been tagged to do the 6 word memoir. :)

WADDLER26.2 said...

Woohoo!!! Great job-what a feeling.

Brianna said...

Congrats on your victory! I love the pep talk you gave your arm. :) We all need a bit of coaxing sometimes!

Laura N said...

Yay you! What an inspiring post. Great job.

Rob said...

Great job, Pokey. Victories are everywhere we just have to find them.

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Mendy said...

Awesome job!!!!! Really, you did terrific and should be so happy for it. 6.5 miles with no walk breaks is amazing. You will conquer the half distance soon!