Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Push yourself to YOUR Goal

A half marathon is like life with its ups and downs, but once you've done it you feel that you can do anything.
  
----Anonymous----  

As I was running my 2 miles today my ipod went out on me, so it was just my thoughts and the road beneath my feet! It was such a great feeling, just to be able to think through things in my head. I talked to my sister-in-law yesterday about this girl named Erin who passed away as she was running in a marathon trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon. With the Boston Marathon you have to have a 3:34:36 qualifying time or better. This girl was seen by her family at mile 20 and then at mile 21 she fell and died due to a massive heart attack. The committee calculated her time after the fact and if this girl, Erin, would have kept going at the pace she was at, then she would have qualified for the Boston Marathon. Amy had ran tri-athalons, marathons and half marathons, so nobody was aware that anything was wrong with her. 
As a result of this, the Boston Marathon committee had a plaque and a finishers medal made for her and it was at her funeral, because she would have been running this race. 

When my sister told me about this, I could not stop thinking about it through the night and I was not sure exactly why. But as I was running today I found out why it is that I could not stop thinking about it. This girl was pursuing a dream of running in the Boston Marathon, one of the most famous races in the world. Because of her story, they have a moment of silence at this marathon for her. 

I have been contemplating the idea of running a half marthon for a few months now and have always found a reason as to why I would not be able to do it.....to much money, just graduating college, trying to get a job, blah blah blah. Well enough excuses for me. I have been looking into the Rock and Roll Series and have decided that based on when the race falls (hopefully during Spring Break of next year), that I am going to run either the Rock and Roll Mardi Gras Half or the Rock and Roll Dallas Half Marathon. I am going to hopefully be starting a new teaching job soon, so this is going to be a stretch for me, but if I put my mind to it, then I know I can do this, even if it is hard. 

Thank you Erin for pursuing your dream! Now it is time for me to push myself to my limits and see what I can do!!!!!!!!!

4 comments:

Karen said...

YAY! I'm so excited! I really really want to do Dallas! I talked to my mom this morning and we agreed that would be a fun family thing to go to! Like my mom and dad might go too! Woohoo! (not to run of course but to visit since we haven't been in a while!)

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=53805465615

Her name was Erin (sorry if I told you wrong) and that's a page about her life on Facebook. What a TRAGIC story!!!!

Kayla said...

I just saw that. I am going to go in and edit my blog to saw Erin. I am going to join that group too. I just saw it on facebook. That would be awesome if your mom and dad could come. I know it has been a while since we have all been up there! I do not know the dates yet, but I am sure they will be posted after the race this year is finished!

runningwithsass said...

you can so do it. we trained for the half while both working two jobs, so if we can do it, then you cando it in your first year of teaching! GL

Kayla said...

Thanks Heather!!! That makes me feel better! That is the only thing I was nervous about was teaching and training and how stressed I might be!! Thanks for the encouragement!