Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chapter 1 – Training for White Rock

There are so many events in recent history that I would have loved to witness. Being part of the masses brings a different kind of energy that you can only experience in real time, in real life and not through the filters of a television screen or an audio replay. Unlike the interoffice friction that a political discussion can stir, sporting events have this surefire ability to bring people together clearing any lines of division between race, culture and values.

I could only dream to have been one of the thousands in the stands at the 1984 Olympics to watch a young Mary Lou Retton win the all-around Gold Medal in women’s gymnastics or to have been a witness to Michael Phelps’ record-setting eight golds in Beijing in 2008. I wish I could have watched the Saints win their first ever Super Bowl last year and see through my own eyes the joy in the hearts of the people of New Orleans or to say I was there the day Michael Jordan won his sixth NBA championship.

Marathons are an atypical event in the sense that the elite athletes are placed among the amateurs and thousands of cheering spectators line the street to cheer everyone on despite ability. It’s the one event where losers are sometimes the biggest winners and a 70-year grandmother can beat a 25-year young man.

On December 5th, I will be making my 4th attempt to qualify to run the Boston Marathon in April. Running “Boston” is a claim not just anyone can acknowledge. It is a prestigious event and in order to run, your bib number must be earned.

Based on my age and gender, I have to run the White Rock marathon in Dallas in under 3 hours and 45 minutes. It takes training, discipline, grit and a lot of heart and determination to accomplish this feat. I have run three marathons previously and the energy is always unquenchable. It can take your breath away to stand in a crowd at the starting line to know what your body will experience during the course of the next four hours. So I cannot imagine what it will be like to be among 20,000+ in Boston who have traveled from all over the world and earned the right to take part in such an electric and historic experience.

I made it my goal this year to qualify and not a single day passes by that I don’t think “3:45”! I wake up to the thought and remind myself before my training runs of the pace I need to sustain. I place daily reminders in my personal surroundings to keep me focused on my goal and to eliminate any doubt or negativity.

So what happens if I don’t qualify? Will I be so disappointed and lose all my enthusiasm to run? Absolutely not! It is supposed to be hard to qualify. It is supposed to require a nearly perfect race. But who is to say I can’t do the things that I’m not supposed to do?

Check back here on December 6th to hear about Chapter 2 – Training for Boston.

This post is inspired by Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.
Mama's Losin' It

If you could witness (or take part in) any event in history, what would it be? Why?


jillconyers said...

Rhonda I know you can do it. I know you will give it your all and then some. You'll be qualifying on my son's birthday so that has to mean something...right?

BTW, I am now doing entire P90X workouts with all push ups on my toes. I've been wanting to tell you this all knees :)

Lori: Extreme Results In Fitness &LIfe said...

Great post!! It seems like you have really put in the hard work. I can't wait to read Chapter 2!!

Booyah's Momma said...

Good luck to you, friend! I'll be sending 3:45 vibes your way. I know you'll do great.

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited for you ! I I think your awesome and can't even begin to imagine how excited you are about trying to qualify for something so awesome as the Boston Marathon !!! Go Rhonda :) I'll be cheering for ya here in Nebraska !

Lula Lola said...

With your motivation and dedication and positive spirit, it's going to happen! You are so impressive! You'll do better than you're even hoping!

Michael said...

We are in parallel paths. Your run Sunday should show you that you can do it! We have three weeks to get super healthy, rested and mentally prepared. Blake and I will send fast thoughts your way on the 5th.

Bring It!

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