The Vulnerability of a Runner

Physical exhaustion, depleting lung capacity, sore muscles and fatigue. We are delicate beings, especially at the closing in of the finish line of a marathon or even a half marathon. So the audacity of a human being to plant explosives at the finish line of an endurance race is beyond inhumane, its down right evil.

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As a first time half marathoner earlier this year, I know first hand the mere terror of experiencing complications such as severe bronchospasms and wheezing as I closed in for my first half marathon finish. My biggest fear is that my whole throat would close up on me and I’d completely stop being able to breath. I don’t have asthma, but have heard reports of people having asthma attacks at the end of such races. To push the human body to such limits of vulnerability and have someone literally attempt to take your life is beyond terrifying. It’s one thing to feel like you’re dying from shortness of breath, but to literally be blown to pieces is an image no runner ever wants to imagine at their finish line experience, whether its their first or 100th time running.

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Praying for the families and runners effected by the Boston Marathon Explosion. Its disgraceful, that cowards must attack innocent by-standers and athletes because of whatever spite they have against our country or politics. People who are weapon-less and can’t even defend themselves lose their lives over a disagreement that has nothing to do with them. It rips my heart into pieces and almost makes me afraid to hit the pavement for another race, for fear that this may become a trend. As much as I love running, this is simply not fair.

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I will run again…..because I know who I serve and who holds my future. The running community will fight back and we will survive! This storm of terror will pass!

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In preparation for my next running event, I found myself faced with the obstacle of staying in and “treadmill” training or embracing these past two days of rain with a practice run in the rain. I’ve trained in cold 30-40 degree weather and hot sun, even got caught in the rain after starting a run in fairly mild weather. However, today was a little different. Mother nature was testing me, to see how prepared I was to call myself a “true runner” and “half marathoner”! So as I starred at the window for two days watching this rain, on day two I decided I had had enough. Even if I only do a super short run, I’m getting out there in it!

 

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So needless to say, I only did about 3km in the rain; a run is better than no run at all in my book. Plus, it wasn’t your typical spring time light drizzle, but not storming either, more like a shower, but it felt good. I am glad I did it. It was very refreshing and rejuvenating. Today being Easter Sunday for most, for me I consider it Resurrection Sunday,and this rainy run felt like I had resurrected and refreshed my body for training. I felt like a champion, a winner, a road race-half marathon finisher! It made me remind myself, what if it rains on race day? are you going to quit? drop out of the race? NO! You’re going to get out there and just RUN!

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So I say all this to conclude that a true runner knows no limits and Running knows no season! As a matter of fact, its always in season. Rain, Sun, Snow, or just plain ice cold. Weather is no object when you’re a Runner! And you know you’re a true Runner when….

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Until the Next Time

~Gone for a Run~

Candice

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“If you can’t fly, then run; If you can’t run, then walk; If you can’t walk, then crawl; but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Like LIFE, this quote can also be applied to running or any other sports activity one may engage in. You have to start somewhere and continue to move forward from that point.

On Sunday, March 17th (St. Paddy’s Day!) I participated in my very first half  marathon!finishline 

In preparation for my first half marathon, I did an atypical training regimen. I completed short distance runs, cross-trained with my favorite martial art, which is Capoeira, and maintained flexibility with hot yoga. I also practiced foot fitness because I have a chronic ankle sprain that has not fully healed since August of 2012. Listed below is how I prepared to earn the title of “half marathoner” and “Got 13.1!”

Short endurance training runs: During the months preceding my first race, I completed a series of short distance runs, ranging from various amounts of time and/or distance.

Cross-training: To build muscular strength and flexibility I regularly practiced Capoeira, yoga, pilates and the willPower Method, with occasional weight lifting.

Prayer: Yes, prayer and support from friends, family, and even pure strangers on race day is a big part of the training process. But also supporting yourself as well, you have to be willing to be self-motivated to push yourself to run that extra mile, to put on your running gear after a long 13 hour nursing shift and put in a quick 20 minutes on the treadmill or waking up an extra hour earlier before preparing for a long commute to work or school to get a quick run in before another hectic day starts. That takes personal willPower, determination, faith, and strength. It was accomplished for me through prayer and a love for improving myself physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

Getting to 13.1 in 2:42:41

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So far my “running” future and my #rundreams are bright! I have several half-marathons in my radar to train for and I was just selected to run in one of the largest running events in the U.S. Atlanta’s premier road race the Peachtree Road Race. This race isn’t a half marathon or even a marathon, but a 10K. However, don’t sleep on this particular 10K as it brings runners from as far as Africa and other parts of the world together in one U.S. city to run together for approximately 6 miles on the 4th of July, our nations Independence Day. Talk about a cultural experience! It’s going to be a beautiful celebration!

Until Next Time…Gone for a Run!

Candice