The End of Training

My last really long run was 10 miles, two weeks ago.  Yesterday I ran 3 miles on the trail, and today I ran 6 at the gym.  I am ready for the half marathon next week.  Now it is time to rest. There is nothing more I can do to prepare myself in this last week but rest.

Although it is still hard for me to run very far, and I still get a fair amount of pain and weakness as the day goes on, I am confident I can do this.  I have proven that I can keep pushing myself forward even in the face of MS.  It tries to knock me down, but I just change up my schedule and keep going.  I run slower, I run earlier in the day, and I run less often.  And most importantly, I do not let it get me down if I cannot reach my goal for the day, I just try again the next day.  I am the boss over my body, not MS!

I do not regret getting this latest exacerbation, or whatever it is, while training for a half marathon.  Of course I had to take a couple weeks off running, but I do not lament it because I have learned a lot about myself during all this.  I have persevered, even when I thought I couldn’t.  I just had to make adjustments, and continue do the best I could.  That is all anyone can do.

I do not believe in regrets.  Everything I have done, and everything that has happened to me up until now has shaped me into the person I am today, and I have turned out stronger for it.  If my life had not unfolded the way it has, I would not be the person I am today, and that would be a shame.

I think that spending time wishing things weren’t the way they are is a waste of time and energy.  No matter how much I don’t like something, I cannot change what has already happened.

Instead of spending time wishing things were different, you should be spending time figuring out how to make the best out of the situation you are in.  You are already in it, so make it better.  Make something good happen today!

I am going to reward my final training run with a hot bath and not worry about next weekend.  Training time is over, and I did the best I could in the situation I was in.  Worrying about it won’t help.  Now I just need to take care of myself this week so I can do the best I can next weekend! 🙂

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