Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spend Some Time In Thought

My favorite quote comes from Jim Valvano, former head basketball coach at North Carolina State. He was told that ESPN was going to honor him with the Arthur Ashe Award at the annual ESPY awards. Jimmy V was dying of cancer but still gave the most inspirational speech I have ever heard. In his speech, he stated:

"To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think -- spend some time in thought. Number three; you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that's a heck of a day"

I think about this quote every day. Now, I am not much of a crier, but I do laugh so hard tears come out – so I guess that counts! The other day I put my Columbus Marathon medal up on my holder and proceeded to sit on the floor in my office and just spent some time in thought.

Whenever I finish a race I had really been training for, I usually have the post race blues. I am really upset that it is over and I have a hard time finding the motivation to start over again. I am 10 days post marathon, and have had none of those side effects.

That’s right, none!

I sat down and I looked next to the medal holder and saw my full holder.

Then I turned around and saw all my bibs hanging up.

I completed my 14 races for 2014 and ended up with four PR’s (5K twice, 6.6K and Marathon). After being sidelined for almost six weeks with my foot injury post Goofy Challenge, I have racked up 1,030 miles. I am so close to my 1,111 miles this year!

Tuesday, I did my first full on run since the marathon and it felt like I hadn’t missed a step! I have never been able to run this soon after a marathon, let alone feeling fantastic when I was done. I sat in the grass and took a deep breath. I remember sitting in that same exact spot a little over a year ago, when I was training for Runners World, and crying in so much pain. I ran a mile and could not imagine ever feeling healthy again.  I thought I was going to be forced to stop running again. Yes, it was that bad.

So, during the few minutes I sat there and reflected I released all of those feelings. I allowed myself to feel good and not let my past injuries scare me from reaching my potential.

Next week, I start my 12 week training to the Rock N Roll New Orleans Marathon. To say I haven’t been freaking out about this would be a lie. I can honestly say that I am ready to attack this training plan with every ounce of my being! This will be my last full marathon for awhile, and I am so excited for it!

Just like Jimmy V said, “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.”


  1. We have the same medal holder! And good luck with your new training plan!!!

  2. You have had some AMAZING accomplishments this year, Steff; I'm so thrilled for you! I think it's great that you are reflecting on what you've been able to achieve and thinking about how far you've come over the past year; I know that there are many more great things to come, and I'm excited to follow along!

  3. What a great quote and what an awesome year you have had! I can't wait to watch you crush your next training cycle. Good luck!

  4. You have had such an awesome year. Bring on NoLa

  5. Way to quote a legend!!! And as I was reading this I thought to myself I need to reflect on where I have been and where I am at now with my running. Thanks. And congrats on a awesome year, now go crush that next marsthon