May 23, 2014
After the ring fell into the fires of Mount Doom, Frodo said, “It’s Over. It’s Done.” He and Samwell had been through hell to get to the hell-ish lands of Mordor to destroy the ring. They faced trials and obstacles that made the journey seem impossible, but the two hobbits pushed through and finally accomplished their mission even though they were beaten and bruised.
After I crossed the finish line, I felt free. I felt as if a backpack full of rocks was lifted of my back. My time wasn’t impressive (it was actually slower than my time last year and the beginning of the track season), but I didn’t care because I took a risk in the race and stuck with it. I did everything I set out to do and I was perfectly fine with that. All I could think about after finishing was summer training and trail runs and not having to run endless laps around an oval for a while. I felt free.
This entire season has felt like a huge bucket of lard, but at this point I just have to push on. I lose if I give up because of a bad season. I lose if I don’t realize how much I actually love to run. If you’re in a similar rut, I hope you don’t give up. Ruts like these are some of the worst times for any athlete, but it’s something you have to deal with and you have to push through it. Trials of Miles, Miles of Trials – Once a Runner.