I both look forward to and dread this week every year. A graduate of the University of Alabama, I married an Ole Miss Rebel that cheers as enthusiastically for his alma mater’s girl’s underwater basket weaving team as he does the football team. The rivalry has had its ups and downs over our almost twelve years of wedded bliss, with my team as the winning team much more often, thankfully. Going in to this weekend’s game, which we will be attending together, I am both anxious and excited about all that is going to go down at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
My training for the Run Disney Glass Slipper Challenge is going great. I ran seven miles Saturday and felt like I could do more. I ran my fastest 5K this morning and am looking forward to my next long run Saturday before we depart for the game. As it is Alabama/Ole Miss week, I thought where better to get inspiration for my runs than from the head coaches who are tasked with inspiring their players to work hard for 60 full minutes this Saturday.
“There are two pains in life. There is the pain of discipline and the pain of disappointment. If you can handle the pain of discipline, then you’ll never have to deal with the pain of disappointment.”
I had to be at an event to help set up at 6:30 this morning. Last night, I told John that I was not going to run today since I would have to get up before 4:30 a.m. in order to be on time, even though it was a scheduled training day. He told me that if I was going to be ready for my race, I had to make the commitment even if it meant getting up extra early. Coach Saban and John are both right. With running, if you aren’t disciplined, and get your miles in consistently, on race day there will definitely be disappointment. This morning, I ran the fastest 5K in all my years of running, and even when I hit a wall at 3:00 this afternoon, there was no disappointment because I knew I gave it my all.
“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
Despite the fact that I do not cheer for the Rebels, pretty much ever, I think Coach Hugh Freeze is an amazing man of integrity with an incredible story. I follow him on Twitter and am often inspired by his positive affirmations in just 140 characters. I came across the quote above that he posted recently and it epitomizes training for a distance race. I question my ability to run 19.3 miles on almost a daily basis, but I am motivated to cross the finish line, so I get up and put in the miles necessary. Most importantly, I keep a positive attitude no matter how my runs are going, or what time I have to get out of the bed to complete them, because I have been blessed with two legs that enable me to run.
Two teams will leave everything on the field Saturday. Coach Saban’s Crimson Tide will be disciplined, the Rebels will be motivated under the leadership of Coach Freeze, and I will have completed another long run on the road to 19.3. While I, of course, hope that the Tide will roll to victory and keep the home winning streak alive, should the Rebels prove victorious, I will channel my inner Hugh Freeze and try to have a good attitude on that long ride back home to Tupelo.