Sunday, May 2, 2010

Oh, what a wild ride!

I am not one who likes to dwell on the past. But there are times in which I think it's important we reflect on past events, just to gage progress or even find some gratitude.

Today was the Flying Pig Marathon and Half Marathon. I did the half. In pouring rain. In 1:33.44, with which I'm quite satisfied. What I find more satisfying is that my feet are in pain. And my hips ache. And, well, I got to race.

I was running errands yesterday, feeling the nerves creep in, when I remembered back to a year ago and what I was doing then. I was slated to run the full Pig. But that didn't happen. I ended up getting really sick. And I was in the ER the Saturday before the race. In that instant, the nerves diminished and I was overcome with gratitude.

I can recall my dad being devastated, but also telling me that he didn't know how, but he just knew I would come out of that stronger. And in the last year, I've come to really appreciate the people that truly care about me, in a way I never knew before. I've come to find my real friends.

There have been highs and lows scattered about over the past year, but there's something to be said about going through something you really think might break you...and coming out on the other side. I'm, in no way, saying I'm some superstar. There are those who have seen tragedy I can only imagine. I'm simply saying there are events that occur that can really put things into perspective. It's not always about how fast a race is run. Or how many hours go into training. Or where we rank on the finish line. Sometimes, it's just getting across that finish line that is so gratifying. And sometimes, I'm actually grateful for those dreadful, painful, gut-busting experiences...because they build character. And strength. And they provide a very wild ride. Because at the bottom of every valley is an incline to get out. And once you've stumbled and rolled down that hill, kicking and screaming and crying, thinking your spirit is broken, never to be recovered, you find you actually have the strength to pick yourself back up and charge the hill.

So, today's race was one that didn't really matter for the books. It was one that was wet. And rough. for everyone. And it was one I was glad to be able to do. Even with the downpour and lightning, I never once thought of skipping it or sleeping in. What we do is a priviledge. Making it hurt, putting in the hours on the road and in the water and on the saddle are things we get to do. And today, I was grateful just to do that.

17 comments:

Colleen said...

What a great post Amanda! :) And congrats on a great race!

D10 said...

Wonderful post. It is amazing how strong the human spirit is. Nice job out there.

Christi said...

I really liked this post! Congratulations on a great run!

Mark said...

Kick-ass pic, kick-ass run! Congratulations on your race!

Beer Good. Fire Bad.

Mark

Jon Gilchrist said...

lookin great in the pic..what an amazing post...and great job on the race

KSIC said...

Rock on girl! Glad you had a great time despite the weather yesterday!

Mary IronMatron said...

Congrats, Amanda! You know, I started reading your blog just about this time last year. You have come so far. Psyched for you. Kudos to you. And CONGRATS on your 1:33!!!

Ray said...

That was a great post. There's a bazillion blogs out there, and yours is one of a few I like to read. This is the 2nd time you have posted something I'm going thru, or something I have gone thru recently. The last time was when we both came down with the flu. LOL . Your words in this post have probably inspired me to work my way out of that valley that I'm in. thanks ;)
Ray

Bill said...

Love the perspective on what we do and your personal take on it. Way to get through an event with less than ideal conditions. Great race photo also. You look strong.

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

You go, girl!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Congrats!!

This was a great, great post!!

zencycle said...

You have a wonderful perspective on life. It's impressive the way you've taken your adversity and used it to make you stronger. Oh, you're pretty fucking cute, too....

Kim said...

awesome awesome amanda. congrats on a great race. you are looking DIESEL!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

This is an awesome post! Thank you!

Congrats on your race, you did awesome! The rain in that picture is CRAZY!

Missy said...

Congrats you speedy biatch! That DOES look pretty miserable, though. Way to go.

RockStarTri said...

That's what it is all about! Thanks for the post. I needed that

Adam said...

nice work!!! So true.


BTW - you look ANGRY in your pic!