It has been difficult to make myself get out of bed at 5:30 in the morning to run since the marathon last month. I've been living with some "post marathon blues" and trying to work my way out of this funk. Now that Taylor is back in town I had no excuse as to why I shouldn't run this morning. The cold weather at that early hour is just one more deterant, but I dug down deep inside and pulled out some of that mental toughness I've been acquiring as a result of marathon training. Every step of the way until the last one I was wishing I was at home in my cozy bed next to my warm hubby all curled up and content. But when the run was over I was glad I had made the effort. It sets me on the right track for the rest of the day. As I go through my day I never regret having run at 5:30 am. I have to remind myself of that every single morning when I'm trying to drag myself out of bed: "I won't regret this. But I will regret staying in bed." Every run ends with increased feelings of accomplishment and self-worth. No amount of extra sleep can substitute for that.
Today I made a slide show of all of the pictures I was able to collect from my running buddies who ran the St. George Marathon with me. We had dinner together tonight and watched the slide show. After all the work I put into it, circumstances beyond my control (a slow internet connection) made the presentation a lot less exciting and memorable than I had hoped. At least everyone got to see the pictures. After all the time I put into it I see it fitting to share here. So go pop yourself some popcorn, sit back, relax and enjoy watching me and a dozen of my closest friends endure hours of pain, sweat and fatigue. Enjoy!