#RunLikeKeith June Update (and fundraiser!)
I haven’t written much about my half marathon training recently, so it’s about time I do! Plus, I have some exciting news…
First, the training update. I had to take almost two weeks off due to travel and an epic stomach bug. It’s been really hard to get back in the swing of things both physically and mentally, but I’m starting to feel confident again. This is my last week of focusing purely on strengthening my cardiovascular system and next week the true half marathon training begins with two short runs and one long run. I’m not quite as terrified as I thought I would be.
I realized the other day that I had seriously misjudged runners. My prime example was Keith: a runners build with a God-given passion for running. Running was rarely hard for Keith. I assumed all runners were of this type: a standard I could never live up to. Keith always wanted to go running together, but I knew I’d never be as fast or good enough to enjoy running like he did. But, as I’m learning, most runners don’t always like running. Most runners don’t ace every single run. Most runners don’t easily increase pace or distance. Most runners, I’m learning, are just like me: working hard to take care of our bodies, using the miles to push forward to better physical, mental, and emotional health.
I always thought runners just decided to be better runners and improvement came easily and automatically. That is utterly ridiculous (especially when I admit it), but realizing my misconception has made the hard days a bit easier since I thought that “real” runners didn’t have hard days.
The truth is, we all have hard days.
I’m trying to train Caleb to say, “You can do it, mama!” One day he refused to say it (which was kind of hilarious), but the other day, he said it spontaneously. It was so encouraging. Then we went home and had our recovery chocolate milk and he got his pack of fruit snacks (he gets some after every run, so that whenever he begs for them, it reminds me to run). One day when I had a really rough run, he told me that I missed Keith and made me hold his hand for the cool down walk home (see photo above).
Now for the exciting stuff…
I needed an external motivator to train well for this race and my friends that are running with me agreed that we all needed a greater purpose than ourselves (and something to keep us from complaining about our achy feet and legs!).
I spoke with our friends at the clinic in Bolivia where Keith worked for a month in the last year of residency and they are in need of money to build a sound proof room to perform hearing tests. They are the only medical facility in the city of Potosi that has the technology to perform these tests, so it is extremely important they have a space that doesn’t have intrusive noise from the busy city streets.
This need came full circle when I realized I had a photo of Keith administering a hearing test to a child in one of the Compassion International centers in the city.
So…as a fun way to support me and my running buddies and meet a direct need of our friends and the people of Potosi, Bolivia, we are having hats made with our team name: #RunLikeKeith.
They even coordinate with the cool race t-shirts (pictured above) and are moisture wicking.
If you are interested, we are asking $20 for a hat, which will cover the cost of the hats, the sound proof room in Bolivia, and shipping to our cheerleaders that aren’t local to either Maryland or Connecticut. For more details, email my friend Becky Gorman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If we raise more money than the clinic needs, we will find another specific need that the money can help with.
Thanks again for supporting me in the totally crazy, insane journey.