I was browsing running shoes for my next purchase and I found these. They're Asics Nimbus Gel 20's, I'm using a pair now, but I had to have these. Once unboxed and inspected, I put them on for only a moment. I will be saving these for my Boston run, and they won't be worn until the training for that marathon. I have not yet earned the right to wear them, I have not yet qualified for Boston. This year the 122nd running will happen without me, but I'll be tuning in and those running, participating, cheering on the runners, and the law enforcement, they are all be my heroes. As they always are.
Did I want to be there by now? Of course, but I'm not and that just means my path winds its own way. When I do earn a spot, it will be throughly earned and savored. Until then I'm doing what I need to to, running and learning from what my body has to tell me. Focusing on my diet, the miles, and my emotional and mental health. Nothing easy is ever worth doing, I know that's a cliche and tossed around like so many kitten posters telling you to 'hang in there.' But easy is boring, and you learn nothing from the experience. I can remember the conversation I had with my outstanding friend Courtney after I completed my last marathon. I stated "I go out there looking for answers, and today I got a few." And in the end that's what we're all doing when we pursue a goal or something we love. And I'm still looking for more answers, some of which the questions haven't even been asked yet. I'm still on a mission.
Ryan (That's me)
Runner, writer, and a survivor. It's all about living the life you want and helping each other along the way.