With the St. George, Utah marathon getting closer I’m getting more excited and nervous! Gosh, I really WILL BE running in a marathon, my first marathon. I WILL BE running 26.2 miles. Is this real!? To understand why I decided to run a marathon visit here 🙂
Before I go any further, I want to let all of you know that I will do my best at explaining. This experience, at times, has left me so speechless and just thankful; thankful for ability and courage and grace and love.
I personally feel that the mind and the brain should be interpreted differently. The mind, to me, is a place for beautiful imagination, creativity, and foreshadowing. While on the other hand, the brain is muscle, connection, and control – a strategic and calculated mothership of your very being
From my mind, I have gained understanding of life, effort, and dedication. From my brain I have, to the best of my ability, perfected time consumption, adjusted to aches and pains, and adapted to the feeling of wanting to quit so badly yet not be a failure, all simultaneously. My brain has become disciplined, pushing the limits of ‘listening’ to my body saying “Please Morgan, stop!… Don’t you quit until it’s over!” I can’t express how badly my feet hurt some mornings, or how I have lost sleep over my hips being so tight and sore, or how some days I stay in my chair at the office as much as I could just so I didn’t have to walk around, or… how much my heart, my mind and my brain have mended since starting out this new life style of running.
As mentioned in the tagged post above, my Papaw Billy passed away very early in this journey. But, what you may not know is that so has my Granny Brown and a friend, Lottie. All within 6 month, I had moved across the country and mourned 3 deaths.
With that said, it has been a process. I remember when 5 miles was the new 2 miles, still processing the current events- when 8 miles turned to the new 5 miles, and I could start thinking of happy thoughts- and so on; The whole time wondering how my body is still going… and going, and going some more. I’ve realized how powerful my mind and my brain have become when paired up! The old sayings of ‘you can do anything that you put your mind to’ and ‘time heals wounds’ has become very tangible to me. I’ve also came up with my own saying “Anything you train for your brain for can be done”
I haven’t done all of this by myself though! Running is not a contact sport, but it most definetly is a team effort! One of my closest friends Zoe ran with me in the beginning; Jessie, my childhood best friend would ride her bike next to me; one time when it was really dark my mom followed me in the car for 3 miles just so I could finish! And then there is Tony, we met through the St. George Running Club. He has contributed to my marathon training more than he knows, I can never thank him enough! I went from 9 miles in two hours to 12 miles in two hours with him by my side!
I started this journey as a contest with my Papaw Billy and it turned into me keeping my word to him, not that he would ever know if I did it or not, after all he is dead. But, it grew into something much bigger than anything I could have ever imagined. I got a small following for the campaign #RunForBilly. This has helped my friends in their workouts because they simply want to support me. This has kept me accountable because I know that they are all watching me, cheering me on from a distance.
Training for this marathon has shown me that people love the ‘real thing’, not just filtered pictures. My training pictures are sweaty and in the moment; my progress videos are always real and in the moment. And I get so much feedback and community out of that!
My new life goal is to show everyone what a positive outlet to unforgiving circumstances can do for not only you, but others around you- it’s a full circle. There is so much hatred in the world and people love to tear people down- well not anymore. We, the human race, are not supposed to do this thing called Life alone. We are meant to be in community with one another and make the world united and peaceful. That may sound like a pageant answer to you, but it’s the truth. God didn’t mean for His world to be segregated and demeaning. He called us to love one another and just be an example of what that looks like!
The marathon is set for October 1st, if anyone would like to support my marathon training before then use #RunForBilly in your next physical exercise. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you are out there doing something! You could be taking your kids out for a stroll, going for a swim, walking the dog… Anything! Support is support no matter which way you slice it! Let’s be the example and set the example!
This picture was taken SUPPPPER early in the morning before a long run, I was barely awake, -ugh my eyes are so swollen- and did not want to run whatsoever. But, I’m not running for myself. I’m running for my Papaw and all the people who believe in me and everyone that I want to encourage!! -Get up and get movin’ people, #RunForBilly
Keep up the sass, seriously!