Let me be clear: I am not the speed demon. If you’ve been following along, you know well and good that I am not the speediest of runners. But my 7-year-old? The girl is fast.
So fast, in fact, that she came in first at a half-mile kids run this weekend. She was the first female finisher, making her first female overall and first in her age group — and that girl gave it her all. At the very end, you could tell she was really pushing it, but when she heard me and her dad cheering like crazy, she cranked it up and finished strong.
I couldn’t have been more proud. I was happy she just wanted to get out there and participate, but a first place finish nearly left me in tears. She did it — all on her own. We’ve run a few times together and she talks about how she wants to stop when it gets hard, and those are the best moments because I talk her through them — and she always finishes strong.
Me, on the other hand. I did not finish strong this weekend. Some cold or form of allergies hit me Friday and by Friday night I had no voice. I was snotty and phlegmy, and was just kind of a mess. I screamed what little voice was left away Saturday during the Bean’s race, and by Saturday night, I’d had it. I had planned to do my last long run Sunday with a friend — a 12-miler — but I cancelled Saturday realizing how run-down I felt. I could tell that if I tried to tackle that kind of distance with this cold, I would not bounce back from the run or the illness quickly.
Instead, I did short runs both Friday and Saturday, then for Sunday’s “long” run, I did 7-miles on the treadmill. I was nervous the cold air would hurt my chest, so I opted for an easy indoor run. It wasn’t bad and I should be back in action for tonight’s run.
Luckily, I can make up the 12-miler this Saturday, which will put me two weeks out from the half.
Can I confess that not getting my scheduled long run in this weekend has left me all twitchy? My training plan mileage was only about half of what I scheduled. And this is killing me! Any runner following a training plan can understand, right? Runner OCD in action…
Here’s to a healthy week and dreams of first place.
Oh, and by the way, ONLY 64 DAYS TO GO!