Fake It Til You Make It
Like I mentioned yesterday, when I’m coaching I’m not running for myself. I’m there for the people on my Team who need me. We get a lot of new runners because it is a charity program, and some of them have never done a 5k, let alone a half or full marathon!
So the race isn’t about me. However I feel doesn’t matter. If I’m hurting, cramping, chaffing, blistering, you name it, it doesn’t matter. I just suck it up and deal with it. And I’m happy to do it!
But sometimes it hurts.
During the half marathon on Saturday I got some of the worst blisters I’ve had in my life. Both my pinky toes were gross. The humidity had me sweating like a crazy person early in the race so I’m guessing my wet socks caused the blisters. But you’d never know it in these pictures:
Plus, my feet felt chaffed. I can’t explain it any better than that. The bottoms of them were KILLING me.
And I still had a full marathon to run on Sunday!
So I tried to spend the rest of Saturday vertical. Which was easy considering the weather was beautiful and our pool was 2 steps away from our room.
Despite my aching feet, it was a perfect way to spend the afternoon!
And Sunday morning I bandaged my toes the best I knew how and sucked it up. It was my first time coaching a full marathon and I knew it was going to be a long day!
But with the excitement of running Disney and being distracted by helping the runners, I never even thought about my feet.
Until afterwards. When I wanted to chop them off.
And then I saw this:
In addition to the blisters and chaffing, I got some sort of heat rash on my feet and up to my knees (at least I’m guessing that it was heat rash? It went away by Wednesday.)!
Yuck. So not pretty.
But, you know what, I survived. And, God willing, I’ll do it again.
Glutton for punishment? Maybe. Love my job? Definitely.
Have you ever had to “fake it til you make it”?