Today I ran my long run of 11 miles. The weather was warmer than yesterday – up to 41 degrees, but cloudy. I had a good run and was pleased with my pace. The half marathon in Jacksonville is four weeks away. My friend and I are running in the 26.2 with Donna Finish Breast Cancer Marathon and Half Marathon in Jacksonville, FL. Just before mile 9 today on my run Green Day’s song Good Riddance came on my Pandora station. It is more commonly known as Time of Your Life. The song has been a favorite of mine and reminds me of running. When I signed up for my first marathon with the Arthritis Foundation in 1999, the local chapter played this song in a video highlighting the marathon in Dublin, Ireland the year before.
As I ran I had to smile as I listened to the song. The first verse: “Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road. Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go. So make the best of this test and don’t ask why. It’s not a question but a lesson learned in time.” This applies to so much in life. Last year we ran the full marathon in Jacksonville. My training partner is a breast cancer survivor, almost 11 years now. She inspires me with all she has accomplished despite the challenges she has faced. Time, and the events in our lives, directs us where to go. Where we chose to go is another thing, and we learn so much from the lessons of life. I know I have learned from my choices to not ask why, but learn to make the best choices.
In running, as in life, so much (if not all) is unpredictable. No matter how well trained we are, we are going to have a bad day. The hope is that bad day is not a race day. Some days everything just falls into place and the run flies by. That is the hope for race day. And some days, like today, the run goes well even though the wind was blowing and the clouds were out more than the sun. But in the end it was right. It was the right run. And living each day to its fullest – having the time of my life.