Ode to My Lover

Basebuilding is Over
The last few weeks have not been the best for marathon training for me. I’m getting in my long runs on the weekend but I haven’t been consistent with the three short runs in between. Chalk it up to travel and having some chest/breathing pain for a few days. Took about 8 days off. Really missed running but the runboos wouldn’t let me run. I noticed I was a different person when I didn’t run. More on that later.

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The Running Community
No matter where I run, I pass runners on the pavement. When we meet in the parking lot to start our long runs, we strike up convos about mileage for the day or past/future races. It’s easy to strike up conversation. Well it is for me anyway.

A few weeks ago I joined the Black Greek Running Nation. A Facebook group of Black Greeks that run all distances. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., I had already belong to a Delta running Facebook page and have made some friend/sisterships there. Well I went to an Omega fraternity conference and posted in the Page if anyone was there and running. Two people replied. I met one in the lobby and you would think we are the best of friends now. I said I wasn’t accepting anymore friends, but if you’re a runner, then you are welcome in my circle. 

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A Lil Encouragment Goes a Long Way
Before I started training, I did a boot camp for two months. It was the boost that I needed. Running with strength training makes you a better runner. Especially going up hills which I loathed before. Now. Not so bad. While I was on injured reserve, my personal trainer asked if I was doing another camp. Due to my travel I can’t but he sent me this note:

“okkk. then we can catch back up in oct! you better be killin it out there homie! I know that you are staying fit- not only because I see your post but because I believe in you- and I pray that all is going well with all else” -Manny Rothmiller

Do you know how good this made me feel?! I was feeling mighty bad; I was feeling pretty low cuz I couldn’t run but when I seent this post, I knew that I was gonna finish my course! I’ve lost 15 pounds so far.  Winning!

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Now the Fun Begins
So next week officially starts the full marathon training. Yeah. Like I’ve been playing these last 7 weeks. Ha! Base building is over and the shorter runs and the long runs will get longer. And I have five trips in the next two months. I have connected with Black Girls Run chapters in my travel locales to hook up on some long runs. In theory, it will work. Let’s see how I do.

The Ode
So since I couldnt run for a while, I thought about how much running has meant to me. Three, count em, THREE of my high school classmates, in these last few weeks, saw my progress on Facebook and asked how they could start running. I suggested the Couch to 5k program and told them to keep me posted on their progress. If I can help somebody as I pass along…

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As I was running a beautiful nine mile run today, I took the time to smell the flowers, see the sights, listen to my breathing and enjoy the run. I thought about all the benefits of running so I wrote a little diddy about it:

This last week without connecting with you was different. Something was missing.
You make me feel whole. You make me smile when I think about you and what I can conquer when I’m with you.
Every week I plan out my calendar so I can find time to spend with you.
All my girls, and even Melvin knows I’m not the same when I’m not with you.
I’m glad we found each other so many years ago.
As long as my body holds up and my mind is clear, I want to keep that connection with you.
We have many more miles to go before we sleep.
Running. Thank you for being in my life.

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