Last weekend I had a wonderful time in Edinburgh running the Half Marathon. Even more fun than the race was training people for both the half and full marathon. Besides the numerous Up & Runners I had a group of private clients that had flown in from Italy. Among them was a another couple, Laura and Andrea.
Andrea had given Laura a year of training with me as a Christmas gift. I love being a gift! She works full time as an accountant and they have four children, from ages 5 to 13. She wanted to train for a Half Marathon and chose Edinburgh as her Spring goal.
“I can only run three days a week, and it has to be on weekdays after work…”
I created her a fortnightly programme and she followed it precisely, with the help of her husband who accompanied her for the workouts. They both said that the best part of the race preparation was having something new to talk about besides their children and household commitments. They started connecting in a different way. What a great gift after fifteen years together!
On race day we grabbed a cab to the start, chatting nervously as we stripped off our hoodies and handed over our bags, not to be seen again until our arrival at the finish line. It was a gorgeous sunny morning and as we waited for the countdown Laura turned to me and asked…
“So, do you think I’ll make it to the end?”
I knew, she knew, and I think you know the answer to that question too.
“Of course you will. The only thing you have to do is get to the finish line and enjoy yourself along the way. The most important thing is that you have a great time, because why else would we be here?”
I get this same question, from the 5k distance all the way up to an Ultramarathon. And my answer will always be:
if you’ve done the work, if you can see yourself there; you will always make it to the end. Whatever that run, voyage or experience happens to be.
Have you ever asked yourself this question?