I did not run the half marathon this morning that I had planned to. I did everything that I needed to do to prepare - got up at 4AM, caffeinated and dressed, drove to the race site, parked, and waited for the volunteers to set up. But it was pouring cold (49*F) rain the whole while, not letting up as forecast, and standing in line outdoors in the rain at packet pickup I got drenched, chilled, and started shivering. I decided that I just didn't want to run this race badly enough in these conditions, and that I would rather do today's workout inside a dry gym. I make no excuses - I simply didn't have the drive and determination that it takes to run a race on a day like this. I got back in the minivan and drove home.
Some place today there will be a runner who toes the starting line, struggles and completes her race, crosses the finish line, and receives her medal. She will get a third place among three in her age group, and will feel a little apologetic when she tells the tale, and will minimize her accomplishment as if she only got an award by default, since she didn't "beat" anybody.
To her I say, "Well done and congratulations! You stuck it out and ran your race. You won over everyone else who didn't show up and wasn't willing to make the effort that you did. Today you beat me and you deserve to win. Enjoy your victory!"
Well, I didn't exactly get in a half-marathon-equivalent workout, but I did do 30 minutes on the bike trainer in the aerobars while watching the Tour de Georgia broadcast. Sometimes I try to maintain the same cadence as the pro riders while I watch them - fortunately they were climbing very steep hills and I didn't have to keep up with Lance's time trial cadence! ;)
This week's renewed goal is CONSISTENCY. Each day, Monday through Friday, I plan to do at least 30 minutes on the bike (trainer or outside) , plus a swim, run, or long walk with the double jogstroller. I'm counting on all of you to hold me to it! Fortunately the weather forecast is much improved - although it will only be in the sixties, it promises to be sunny all week.