I’m 5 weeks into a long 10k training plan and it still blows my mind how I ran a sub 10 min/mile avg for over 13 miles just 5 months ago. And it was awesome! Now? I’m barely sustaining a 11:30 min/mile for a 5k.
Whoever talked so highly about a comeback was a liar. What’s this comeback you speak of? Because I sure haven’t seen it yet. The only thing coming back is my level of discipline. Although work is really trying hard to throw me off. Anyway – 10k. It doesn’t feel possible I’ll ever get there. On the bright side, most knee pain has all but disappeared. Sometimes there’s a twinge, occasionally it’s a little more than a twinge, but I’m reminded this is normal and may just be a lifelong effect of a torn anything. A run last week reminded me I’ve come a long way and not to be too hard on myself. Still weird though.
In April, I also faced a different kind of giant…the celebration of my great Aunt Mary Catherine’s 95th birthday! She’s no giant. But the revere and awe I am of her is bigger than life. You’d think she’d stop falling for these surprise birthday parties, but it worked again. Her big smile, bigger heart, and sweet words make my soul sing. She is a giant in my eyes – of the most tender loving kind I’ve ever known. Many relatives, family friends, and neighbors were there to share in her day. I even convinced her to eat two pieces of cake. It wasn’t difficult.
Mini finagled her way into Rubik’s cube lessons with my uber-smart cousin.
We also had time to take Bluebonnet photos on the side of the highway. This was near where I had the car accident 2 yrs ago so it felt good to find something beautiful near a place I’m not fond of.
Giants aren’t always scary, looming creatures; sometimes they’re just small stepping stones. Other times, they’re the people you love the most whom are giant in your eyes.
I ask you –
Are you currently training for anything? Survival counts!
Who is the oldest living person in your family?
Tell me what a “giant” looks like to you!
4 thoughts on “Facing Giants”
Survival. Yes. I haven’t got any momentum with running in 2022. My 3rd run was 3.1 miles, then I got busy and took 10 days off, then ran 2.3 miles…and I haven’t run since…2 weeks and counting. Life.
I mentioned my great aunt Monica lived until 100. She died of natural causes in 2020. Right now, my aunt is 82. All of my other great aunts and uncles didn’t have a run like Aunt Monica.
Currently, my giants are all the things that are keeping me from running. Tasks so large, they cast an unavoidable shadow upon me. Yay adulting!
Life really is a struggle sometimes, Larry. But your outlook is fun so there’s that!
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Love the family photos. And you look fantastic!
Why thank you!
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