So yesterday I ran my longest run ever: 10 miles. I was happy. I was proud. I wanted to tell everybody and their brothers. It was not fast but it was under 2 hours and that is all I wanted really in terms of time. What I wanted most was to just do it. You guys were so kind with your encouragements and support. I appreciate this a lot. In a world where people can go to a public place and shoot innocents for no reason, where people cannot always be who they want to be because they fear others, where the word BULLY exists, where kids cannot walk to school with a friend without having their mom following behind in case some maniac comes and grab them, it is so nice to know that people who have never met me can be so kind and generous just because we have something in common.
I am not a fast runner, in fact I would not be surprised if most of my 47 (thank you) followers could beat me at most races. And you know what? I don't really care about that. I am OK with what I can do if I did my best. So far I have never come in last at any races!
I like reading blogs about fast people, marathoners, triathletes, ultra marathoners, people who can do crazy things like run a marathon on the treadmill (no joke Janae did that today) I admire how a human body can achieve so much. Mine gave birth twice and that is better then any BQ in my eyes!!! All that to say that we are all different and we should be happy with the best WE can do. Abbi wrote a great post on that today you should stop by her blog!
The main reason I am writing all this is because yesterday after my long run I posted on my Facebook that I did the 10 miles and a friend of mine who is trying to get in shape wrote this:
"Holy crap! I'll never catch up to you now, Caro!! I am so disappointed . . I might be able to get out tonight and do a whopping 3 miles . . .and barely bounce home . . I'm going to hang my head in defeat now . . . ."That made me so sad
"W: It makes me sad to read your post. Do the best that YOU can. Getting off the the couch for one mile or 20 it is all good. I know people who can run a marathon in the time it will take me to do my half and I don't think about that in a negative way. I think there are great but I am pretty sure I will think I am great when I cross the finish line next Sunday! No defeat here! Cheers to you and no more getting down on yourself like this. Listen to me, last year I had a hard time running 2 miles without walking. Baby steps.'