I wish the title of this blog was "The Bionic Run" because then that means that my run rocked, I broke PRs, I ascended hills with great power, whatever it is that one might do on a really great run. But, hmm, today was not one of those runs. When the alarm went off at 4:15 I really did not want to get out of bed. Really! My stomach was not entirely happy (I refuse to believe the cause of that was the lone MGL with olives that I consumed!), and my body was tired. Thankfully, my "people" were waiting for me, so that got me out the door. As I got into the car, a Kelly Clarkson song was blaring "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, blah, blah, blah..." Whatever, Kelly! I was too crabby to listen to her sing. I am not strong today and yes, the run IS going to kill me. Great attitude! And no surprise-the run really stunk! I had to make two pit stops due to my icky stomach issues, my pace was inconsistent, and during the last two miles of my 20, my it band was even crankier than I was. One friend (at the risk of getting a shoe thrown at his head) tried encouraging me. I almost gave up at mile 19. But then those lyrics snuck up on me again "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger stand a little taller Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone. What doesn't kill you makes a fighter Footsteps even lighter..." I want to be stronger, I want to be a fighter, who doesn't want footsteps a little lighter???" I am not going to tell you that I finished the run strong or that I threw up my arms to the heavens and thanked Ms. Clarkson for her inspiring words. I sort of hobbled to the end, leaned against the car, and sighed. Not every run is going to be stellar! But I do believe that in every run you can find strength - mental or physical strength. It is how you view it. Celebrate the positive, understand the negative, and then make a choice. I choose to be "Stronger!"