Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The DAM Goal
So this weekend will mark my third entry into the DAM to DAM 20k. Past runs here have been 2:19 and 2:04. As many of you know my training has not been the most umm (cough) consistent this year. My expectations for this run? Well primarily my goal this year is to show up and finish.
There was a brief time (several weeks ago) after I signed up for DAM that I considered not doing it. But then I remember being inspired by Byron who although his training was minimal, still showed up last January in Disney and gave it his best shot. Byron has posted in the past that he feels let down for not finishing. I know that many of us in Team Voice would like to be able to clear that from his mind, but we are not walking in his shoes. I do hope that in some way he does believe that we are proud of him for all the effort he put in. So in part this weekend, I will be showing up to honor Byron by showing that although my training this year has been lack luster, I will be there on race day. And if by chance Byron is reading this. Bryon never doubt yourself, in the past you made tremendous strides and you can again. I know you have the heart for it, even if the mental hurtles are a bear. Get out there and keep moving forward my friend.
This past weeks other motivators...
An email from my friend Larry at work. Although Larry is not running DAM he is planning on meeting me at the finish. I am pleased to say that Larry has been getting back into running. He and I have both discussed the mental side of staying focused many times. I look forward to having a weekend running partner.
Rae has asked me numerous times about if I'm "still" doing DAM. She is not letting me fall off the Team Voice grid.
Mike Fess called me this week and we talked about many things. It was great to hear another team mates voice. Mike I hope your knee is getting better. Remember these three words. Frozen Corn Nibblets.
The support from all of the rest of you posting comments here or showing your team support over on the event blog has been to quote Fernando "mah-vel-ous, ab-so-lutely mah-velous"
Perhaps the biggest news to hit DAM this year is that I will not be the only Team Voice member out on the course. Justin and his wife (fellow Iowans) will be running as well. We have exchanged a couple of emails and will be working out the details of meeting up.
Tonight or tomorrow I will be doing my annual course drive off. I find it helps me mentally prepare. Perhaps I'll take a camera along.
Posted by Jeff W at 6:45 AM