I was sitting on the bench waiting for the circuit class to start when a lady I saw at Mondays class approached me. The conversation went something like this:
Her: did you do sports in college?
me: no, I was recruited to do cross country, but never pursued it...
Her: are you a professional athlete?
me: aaah, no but I do run. I am not elite or even sub elite. I am trying to qualify for Boston though. I have a race next week.
Her: I knew you did something. I was telling a friend about you the other day after seeing you work out Monday. You are like "Amazon woman" --- no wait, I mean that in a good way!! ---- (insert me laughing here). You were lifting a lot of weight Monday and keeping up with many of the guys and even lifting more than many folks in class. (she must have seen Dunbar put the 35# weight on my back during plank like he was doing with the other stronger guys).
Me: (blushing and kinda in shock, taking it in that she was taking notice). thx :)
Her: *as her friend walks up* Hey! this is the girl I was telling you about the other day!
And the conversation continued....
I really "brought it" at circuit today in part from that complement. She was right behind me throughout the class! Now I had to live up to that title, right? lol!
I need to somehow get it through my head that I am not the same 4:35 marathon runner I was 4 years ago or the ♪ "Everyday I'm Shufflin" ♫ ultrarunner. I have been working hard these past few months and have gotten stronger and have even been breaking PR's. So why am I having a hard time seeing that I am and have moved to another level? For some reason, I still see a different person in the mirror. Some days I think "what in the world am I doing? u crazy? Its a chasing after the wind!" Other days its "I have this BQ no problem"
Its times when I receive a sincere random complement from essentially a stranger it assures me that, hey, I am a stronger person physically than I once was and I am certainly on the right path for that BQ dream.
I was running Saturday with Joey and not having a particularly good run. We we passed two folks and one said "one day we will be like you". I was havin an off day and yet, that is not what he saw. He saw 2 folks movin along pretty good along the greenway. That helped me through the last few miles.
I am still laughing at the "Amazon Woman" comment.... probably will for most of the day - lol!