Never Give Up!

I stumbled across an old blog post today, one I wrote over four years ago, when I was coming back to running after almost eight years off.  It was funny and very meaningful to see how far I’d come, and I thought I’d share it with you again here:

Ha!  So, it turns out hubby is not *quite* on board with the whole “I want to do a marathon again” plan.  I decided to e-mail him my idea yesterday when he was at work (is someone avoiding confrontation, Hmmmm?)  In any case, it went a little something like this:

Me:  So, babe…I really, really, really want to do a marathon again.  I am thinking maybe Indiana in late April, or (and this is me really pulling out all the stops) Buffalo in late May? (He’s from just outside Buffalo, so yes, I was playing the visit the hometown/family card.  Who says I can’t play dirty?)

Hubby:  We’ll talk about it tonight.  (Loosely translated: Have you lost your F&**$&^G mind, woman?!?)

Hmmmmm…can’t say I am surprised.  It’s not that he doesn’t want to get sucked into the dark void of marathon training that can pretty much take over your life.  I know it’s just because he is worried about me getting hurt again or not listening to my body and pushing past what it (read: my knee) can handle.  Funny thing is, I am less worried about myself physically, and more concerned about where I will be mentally if I set this goal and am unable to follow through with it.  I am like that; once I set a goal I am like a heat seeking missile and it pretty much takes an act of God (or crushing 1/2 of my knee joint) to get me to stop.

In the end, though, I am a goal setter.  I run because I love it and it is as natural to breathing to me, and setting a goal at doing a marathon again just gives me butterflies every time I think about it; I am so excited about seeing if I can do what I was told I could never do again. If I approach this with the attitude that I am accomplishing so much more running wise than I ever thought I would be able to post surgery, the actual completing of the marathon is just icing on the cake, as it were. 

So, I am going to see what I can do. I am going to take every run as a gift and get those miles in.  I am going to listen to my body.  I will rest.  I will fuel properly.  And above all,  I will continue to believe that my best running – and my best self – are yet to be, whether or not the marathon is something I can do again.

Four years later, I have run over six more marathons, six 50 mile races, and two 100’s.  I say this not to brag, but to tell you that to never give up on a dream or a goal that wakes you up in the middle of the night, you’re so excited about it.  That makes you hum with possibility and hope.  Never. Give. Up.

On the note of never giving up, check out this clip.  Tell me this doesn’t give you goosebumps or brings tears to your eyes (it does every time I watch it)

May you never, never, never give up on what you are capable of!!!
On to the recipe for today!!
Have you found coming back from the holidays a little…hectic?  Then whip up this dish – in about as much time it takes to cook noodles!
Veggie Pasta
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Loaded with tons of fresh veggies, this meal puts the fast in fast food!
You’ll need:
1 package of pasta – I use protein pasta, but Gluten Free or any style of pasta will work.
3 TBs oil packed sun dried tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bell pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
Handful or two of yellow or red grape tomatoes, sliced
1 cup baby mushrooms, sliced
8oz garbanzo beans, drained
1 cup spinach
Cheese – optional
Start pot of water boiling for pasta.  In meantime, combine all ingredients except the spinach in a skillet over med-high heat.  Saute all veggies until onions are translucent.
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Add pasta to boiling water and cook. Add spinach to veggie mix.
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Continue to stir.  Drain pasta and add to the veggie mix, mix to combine thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve as is, or with grated Parmesan cheese or provolone cheese.  Enjoy!  🙂
What’s a BIG GOAL that you can’t stop thinking of?  Is this the year you go after it?

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