Running a marathon like a Yogi!
After 6 months of solid training the day arrived... Marathon time! I'd gone through all the stages of nerves, nearly backing out, to excitement but nothing prepared me for the grueling slog that was to follow!
The support of the crowd and my partner running beside me was amazing. However by mile 18 my knees were feeling the pressure and by mile 23 each step made me wince with pain. At this point I remembered Ahimsa (non-harming) and made the decision to start walking. I still wish I could have carried on running and finished in my planned time. However looking after my body evidently came before my pride! Did I buckle too soon? Should I have pushed on through the pain barrier? Who knows, but I have always been a believer that you have to listen to your body.
Challenges are an amazing way to learn about ourselves. Whether we set those challenges or are handed them by life, we invariably come out on top because humans are far more resilient than they realise. In many ways it's comforting to know that we can achieve those things, and the knowing makes us stronger.
So, would I do a marathon again? Probably not! But I have complete respect for people who do. I have learned that taking care of my body comes before any PB and am reminded, as always, not to be too hard on myself!