I started out this morning with an easy seven miles and some strides, and now I am looking forward to a calm and restful Friday. Josh is gone until late tonight at a track meet (along with our two oldest kids), Friday is the one day a week that Noah doesn't have any therapists come to work with him, and we have nothing to do once the rest of the kids get home from school but spend time together, have dinner, and watch a movie. Yay for Friday!
I have been thinking a lot this week about all that running has given me. A lot of people only see all that I give to running - the time, the miles, the effort, the work, the missed sleep. And yes, with running over 300 miles a month lately, I am definitely giving a lot of time, miles, effort, work, and sleep to running.
But what a lot of people don't see is all that I GET from running. The weight loss is easy to see, but running has given me much, much more than a fit and healthy body.
Running has given me confidence. Running has given me an inner fire. Running has given me strength - physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Running has given me a chance to play and do something for myself that I love on a daily basis. Running has given me many amazing opportunities. Running has given me new friends. Running has given me a release for my stress, a boost in my patience, and a way to better my body, mind, and soul every day.
Running helped me find and unlock a part of myself that I did not know existed. Running helped me find the "Erin" that is athletic, strong, tough, fast, brave, driven, determined, confident, and able.
In a life happily dedicated to loving and caring for others, running has given me dreams and goals all for myself.
So yes, I give a lot to running. But running gives me back so much more. It is much like being a mother and a wife - you do your very best and give all that you have to give, and get back more than you could hope for.
As I have been thinking a lot about Boston coming up and of my long term goal of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials, I have had a lot of thoughts of all that I will have to give to achieve my dreams and goals. And yet I look forward to the journey, and to all the "giving", because I know that I am going to get back more than I can imagine. I know that no matter what happens, I will never be sorry for chasing a dream, and giving my all to do my best at something I love.
Since I love quotes, here are a few I wanted to share this morning.
"You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through." -Rosalynn Carter
"You have a masterpiece inside
you, you know. One unlike any that has ever been created, or ever will
be. If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will
not get painted. No one else can paint it. Only you." -Gordon MacKenzie
"Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit." -Mary Lou Retton
"Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams." -Patch Adams
"There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream." -Author Unknown