As I made the commitment and signed up the other day I was scared and excited at the same time as I chose the longest distance to run as a race ever in my life…….10 miles. Well here it goes! I was challenged to get my co-workers to join me at the Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run in September. I have taken 2 days to think thru how I would approach all of you and my presentation- thought I would do it in person because then it’s harder to say no to someone’s face, then I was like I will only try and appeal to a few of my co-workers, then I thought no I will lay it all out there for them.
Then this morning as I was out on my training run I thought more about- because if you know as a runner or a walker you have lots of time to think. It was a cool, foggy morning to run which appeals to m. I headed out thinking ugh today is 1 mile 100 yard sprints after a 2 mile warm up….so I chose my route taking on the hill I call a mountain….as I got to the top of my first little incline as I run thru a golf course/housing development I see a gentleman with a leg brace and a cane walking with a limp I say Good Morning and continue on, coming back down the hill and hitting the flat the gentleman is walking still, I slow and ask how far is he going he points to the top of the mountain- in my head I am going holy cow I have trouble running that and he is going to battle it= boom there was my morning inspiration to continue and take on my sprints in the next mile, I tell him he is doing a great job and keep up the good work. This gentleman and the beautiful hot air balloon I saw above the fog were my strength and inspiration this morning. You are probably thinking WOW go ML but let me take you back in this journey a bit further…..this has not always been me as many of you know, what brought me here. I ran in my 20’s and yes it was easy then I had 3 girls and I found I was unable to shed weight and keep it off, my knees began to hurt. I began running and hated it then as I got better I found myself loving it. I am not by far fast but my goal was to finish races I signed up for. I loved the runners at races and the high I was getting was unreal. I was doing something for me finally after always putting others before me. Why do I continue is because after hitting my running mojo last October and continuing to run in the winter we had I wrote down some goals for myself at the beginning of the year and one was to complete the Bay Shore 10k- done, the next with encouragement from Kyle Culter was to do the Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run- committed now and have begun training, I am also doing another 10k this weekend at Cherry Festival which in my mind was just going to be a 5k but because I know I can do it I’m going for it.
Some of my other motivation for continuing this new path is that I have found it has really changed my thinking process when I work 40-60 hours a week I still keep going and many of you wonder how and why- this is the reason it’s time to reflect while I run, it keeps me healthy and as I have found this season at every event I have a reason to keep working hard to create a world with less cancer, finding that self-confidence within myself to overcome small or large hurdles, having courage to reach beyond and let myself go- no matter what I do it was more than I did yesterday or last year, hitting those challenges head on-being determined!
-Mary Lynn from Traverse City, 2014 10Mile Participant