I am training for a couple of upcoming races, a Half Marathon at the end of April and a Ragnar Relay in June. I’m not a natural ability runner so I often have to think of things that inspire me in order to help me stick to my training schedule and finish long runs. One of the things I think about often is my brother Curtis, he runs ultras and is amazing. I sometimes think when pushing through a particularly hard hill or headwind, “Come on Somer, Curtis can do 50 miles.
Suck it up! You can get up this hill or finish this run.” It works wonders. I also think of my sister, Holly who IS a natural ability runner and completes 4 or 5 marathons a year. I asked her once how it made her feel qualifying for Boston, something I will never likely achieve! She said “I qualify for Boston every time I run a Marathon, so it wasn’t really a big deal” Well said!
Another thing that helped me a few years ago was when my best friend’s son was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. We did a fundraiser as a Ragnar Relay Team and changed our normal “Hard Day’s Night” team name to “Team Kitchy.” Kitchy is the name of Ray’s stuffed toy that he loves. We raised nearly $5,000 to help his parents pay for his fight against cancer.
When I would fight through the pain of trying to push hard, I would only need to think of Ray’s pain and suffering during his muli-month hospital stay during chemotherapy treatments to realize what I was pushing through was nothing. I still think of him often when I am running. He is now cancer free! Love you Ray.
Some of the things that have touched me the most during races is seeing a runner be the legs for someone else. I saw this on youtube today and cried my eyes out. Great job Dayton and Spencer. Thanks for your example and for helping me push through many more long runs.