This Runner's Trials

Quick to forget

Posted by runnerstrials

How many of you have participated in a hard race? How many of you have said after a challenging race that you’re never competing in a that distance EVER again?

Then how many of you quickly forgot about the pain and found yourself browsing for races days after the event?

I have! And I bet most of you have, too.

It’s so amazing how we can forget pain so quickly, move on, and challenge ourselves to do better.

After I DNF’d, I was pretty sure the feeling of failure would linger for awhile.

Monday’s uplifting run changed my mind a bit. But I assumed the DNF experience was going to consume my thoughts until I redeemed myself by finishing a marathon.

I was wrong (shocker). Physical pain isn’t the only kind of pain we forget about fast. Somehow, I’ve seemed to make peace with the DNF and find myself moving on from it. When I remember the race, I don’t cry. I just think “what can I learn from this experience?”

Yesterday, life pretty much resumed as normal:

My appetite came back. I was able to eat nut butter for the first time in 3 days! That may have been my longest hiatus ever. No joke.

I went on a fabulous 7 mile run. I had no plans for this run. Seeing how I may not have a race, and I certainly have no goal, I just wanted to run well for me on that day. I ran it at 8:19, my old goal marathon pace. I guess my legs really do like that pace after all.

I got the best kind of therapy: retail quality time with friends. The wonderful folks at Lululemon hosted a blogger night in their Charlotte showroom.

We got to model clothes, consume wine and snacks, do yoga, and socialize with old and new friends.

Thanks Lori for the picture!

I know I’ve said it a million times before, but I am so lucky to be part of the unparalleled, awesome blogger community in Charlotte. I heart these girls.

I even saw Katie for the first time since we were in Chicago back in August. Crazy! And I got to wish Jen good luck on kicking the Marine Corps Marathon’s booty next weekend.

I also may have invested in some running clothes as a consolation prize for my DNF. At least that’s how I’m justifying spending so much...

Thanks so much Lululemon! It was fun evening :)

What have you been quick to forget?

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