Crazy happy face, rainy face!
- Shoulders back
- feet moving with quick, light steps
- mid foot strike to forefoot strike
- I pretended my legs were little rubber bands: feet touching the ground then springing forward and up as soon as they touched.
- I leaned forward slightly
- I kept my arms pumping forward not across my body.
It was the perfect end to the race day! I met both of my official goals, I FELT great during the race, I had a good time and I learned a lesson:
We can't control somethings that happen to us, but we CAN control how we respond to them. When I wiped out even before mile number two, I could have looked at my ripped gloves, bloodied hands and knee and said, "Na, I can't do this." I could have gotten angry or cried because it slowed me down and ruined my race day and hurt!!
OR I can stand up and say "This is my race, and I will finish!" I trained for it, I had CONFIDENCE I could run it, and I knew I couldn't quit. You know, on facebook the night before I ran, I dedicated this race to my older brothers because I love them-- and I believe that they have great purpose in life! I wasn't going to let one little trip up, ruin that --I was dedicating my success to their successes and one fall doesn't mean we can't still brush ourselves off and still win!
Sometimes things that are out of our control happen, sometimes in life we fall down, we hit bumps in the road, ones that weren't supposed to happen. I hit bumps for 8 years trying to get my crap together in life, but I didn't give up! We stand up and say, I am starting from here, again. I count points again from here. I will find love again, I can have forgiveness and be new again, starting today! I want to point out that after my fall I focused more on my form and it paid off, I felt great and my time rocked.
Don't let the setbacks you face in life, KEEP you back. Use them as stepping stones, as learning experiences and build your way up despite them, climb over them and look ahead to the finish, you can win that race you are running today.
Congrats to Doug F. Chris, Julie, Meghan, La, Carly, Ann, Sarah, Ellen and anyone else I missed who ran & rocked the Get in Gear!