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Race Week with Advice From Nana

It’s finally race week and I could not be more excited to be making my annual trek to Cleveland for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon weekend. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about how this year is going to be a very different #runCLE experience for me and how I will feel and react in the moment to those changes. And the following song keeps playing in my head:

Que será, será

When I was just a little girl I asked my mother, what will I be Will I be pretty Will I be rich Here's what she said to me Que será, será Whatever will be, will be The future's not ours to see Que será, será What will be, will be*

This was one of my Nana’s most prolific pieces of advice. She truly believed that you had to accept and even embrace the challenges laid out before you. She was always reminding us that “what’s for you won’t pass you” so if something didn’t work out it just meant something better for you was still to come.

Nana was one of my biggest supporters and whenever I run a race there is a photo of her in my water belt.

Her advice rings in my head daily as I work my way back to health and deal with adjusting my goals substantially. This year I had big plans for #runCLE. I was going to complete the challenge series for the first time, running the 8km event on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. Those plans have long since been abandoned. This year I am walking the 5km on Saturday. But true to Nana’s sage wisdom, something else has come along for me - this year I will be volunteering on Sunday morning at the race. I have signed up to hand out medals and celebrate the amazing accomplishments of all of the participants of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.

I will not sugar coat the fact that it has been very difficult dealing with my expectations for myself and the constant feeling of two steps forward and one step back. But I have an amazing support system and they keep picking me back up whenever I stumble. And when I need to, I go back to Nana’s advice - whatever will be, will be.... and in my brain that is #runCLE challenge series 2019!

*Que Será, Será, 1956 by Doris Day, written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans

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