Do what you love, love what you do
Tere Zacher

As I am sitting at the airport waiting for my flight to go back home (I have been missing my family way too much!!!), I am reflecting about what a wonderful ride I have had in these 43 years of life. I have had a little bit of everything in my life, and that's why I get to enjoy every second of it. Because I know nothing lasts forever, nor the bad times and neither the good ones. 

The most important thing I have learned is to enjoy the present moment for that is all we have. But I have also learned to plant good seeds in case there is a tomorrow, and to learn from every single little thing -good or bad- that comes in our way. We can always turn things around and make he most out of the less.

I had my first race in almost a year and a half. For someone so goal oriented and as competitive as I am it's been too long. There were times when I wondered if I was going to be able to race again. Or to run again. There were times when I didn't want to know anything about running because it hurt not being able to do it. There were times when my mind was ready but my body wasn't. And during all this time I learned to be patient, to trust the process, to get stronger in other area,s and to believe. To believe that whatever was for the best it was going to happen at the right time. Not when I wanted it and perhaps not what I wanted, bu the right thing for me was going to come at the right moment.

I had a fantastic race today. Not my fastest one (actually 5 minutes slower than my PR!!!) and not the best place (I was 2nd overall but I have never liked being second place) but I was able to run and to enjoy every second of it. My coach had a fantastic idea about holding back for the first 7 miles. He said since we had no clue where I was (I hadn't been able to do any workouts because of my asthma and not being able to breathe at all since January) it made sense to hold back and to try to run the last 6.1 miles at marathon pace to see how it felt. I gotta tell you, for someone as competitive as me it's so hard to hold back! But I trust him and I knew this was a better plan than any other one I could have had. I asked Kevin for his opinion and he agreed  with John (no surprise here, he always seems to agree in whatever John decides :) ) so I went for it. I have to say it took some pressure from me since I had no expectations other than to stick to the plan if possible and to enjoy the race. 

The past week I had been having a lot of stomach issues. Two days prior to the race I threw up several times and yesterday my stomach was really upset. I couldn't even think about eating anything (now this is weird since I love eating!). I stuck to oatmeal with banana and raisins the past two days and lots of powerade hoping it would ease my stomach a little bit. And it seemed to work. I had a little of discomfort before the race but nothing to be worried about, and I was able to use the porta-potty before the race and not to need it during the race. Score!!!

The race was in Ventura, California. I love this place! We used to come for swimming meets when Kori was very little and I have so many great memories of her and Kevin here. She first went on a kayak here! so it was a little bitter sweet to be here without them (they have a swimming meet back home so they couldn't come).

The race was on a perfect day (weather). A little windy but nothing to complain about. It turns out the half marathon route changed from previous years and it has more uphill than they tell you (not a problem since I love hills!). We ended up gaining a little over 200 feet of elevation so you can say it's a fair course. I went out and held myself even though three women went ahead of me. I really wanted to go with them but I knew I had my plan to stick to. So hard!!!!! I am so competitive! But that's why it's important to remember your overall goal (Chicago marathon in my case) and to remember these races are stepping stones towards it. That's why it's important to have your big goal and individual goals for each race and for each workout. I will talk more about goals in my next blog :) ... so, after my 7th mile at a little under a very comfortable 6:30 pace I sped up to marathon pace. I was very pleased to hold 6:09, 6:07, 6:04, 6:04, 6:04, 6:07 with barely any effort. It felt so easy!!! (I'm telling you, after running with an injury first and then running with only 20% of my lung capacity, running with full lungs and no pain felt like being in heaven). I was able to pass all of the women but one, and she beat me by 15 seconds. But, surprisingly enough, I was happy with my result. Not content, but happy. It's a great first step towards whatever will come.

The most important thing is that I had a great time. I really had fun. I enjoyed every sight, every sound, everything! of it... even the guy who passed me at mile 7 and was taking selfies of himself running while doing it at a 6 minute mile pace (seriously???). I just remembered how much I love doing this and how I do it not only because I want to be the best I can, not only because i want to inspire other people to follow their dreams, but because i have so much fun when I run and when I race. I hope you all are so lucky to be able to follow your passion and do whatever makes you happy. The world is a fantastic place if you follow your heart and get rid of everything that doesn't serve you (including your own negative thoughts and habits).

After the race I went to have breakfast at the Marina and then I went for a kayak ride. It sounded like a great idea until I was way out in the ocean and had to paddle back. That was a hard workout! but just to make my day better, a seal swam next to me for a good amount of time. If only Kevin and Kori would have been physically with me the day would have been perfect.

One more thing I noticed and I want to share with you all is that I am the only one who determines whether I will have a good day or a bad day and whether I will see everything with a positive light or with a negative one. I have decided to make the most out of my life and to always live life at its fullest. We only have this moment and we never know if this will be our last one.

Have a great week! Thanks for reading and thank you for your comments. if there is any topic in particular you would like me to write about please let me know and I will be happy to do it!

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