Thursday, January 28, 2010

203 Days to Go Starting line = Finish Line

Sometimes I wish I could fast forward.  I wish I could just jump ahead right now to August 20th, with all the training having been done, all the hard work poured in, ready to toe the line and hit the course.

Of course if I did that, I would miss out on a lot.  I would miss out on the joys of a basic little two miler on the treadmill.  I would miss out on all the late night strategy discussions with my coach aka teh wifey.  I would miss out on long runs in the mountains of Colorado while our family camps.  I would miss out on all the races we have planned, and the trips to go run (and you know visit family and have vacation.)  I would miss out on that sweet satisfaction of stopping, after a long run; of that "I'm done with my run" feeling that I love so much.  I would miss out on that pre-race flurry of craziness and insanity that I know will set in the days, hours, and minutes before the race.  (Did I ever tell you about my midnight shopping spree the night before the marathon where I bought three separate rain-proof jackets at three different stores?  And later returned all but one...)  This is the fun of the journey.  The journey to get to the starting line.  I can't wait to break the tape, but I'm gonna try and enjoy getting there too.

5 comments:

nwgdc said...

I hear ya on this. I sometimes get too excited about events and forget about the steps of training to the start line.
Then again...I've got a LOT of racing on my schedule again this spring :)

Meg said...

GREAT post. I'm realizing more and more that it's the process, not the product. You can't have the product without the process but the process definitely enhances the product. I hope you savour your summer training with family and plans, it sounds like a lot of fun!

HappyTrails said...

I hear you on the process part, even though we don't race a lot. And the nervous shopping ... don't even get me started on that :) The people at REI know us by name in the return line!!! Enjoy the process, even though today's weather set us back a bit...

Adam said...

Just like in life, it isn't the destination that we strive for. It is the journey. Enjoy it buddy.

Ace said...

@nwgdc by a lot do you mean, a crazy hardcore dumptruck load of a lot? :)

@HappyTrails Sorry for the weather setback, for some reason I feel like we are still due for a couple of blizzards...