So I Did Some Running

I ran a half marathon.

I never thought I’d say those words, but here we are. I’ve been asked many times, “Why?” or “What made you want to do that?” or “What motivated you?” I wish I had some sort of noble answer, but I really don’t know. I think it was mostly to see if I could do it or to be able to say I did. It started when I trained for and ran a 9-mile run. When I finished it, I realized that a half marathon is just another 4 miles, so I might as well do it while I was already training.

I think running is kind of like coffee. You don’t like it when you start, but you know that there’s got to be a reason everybody’s so crazy about it, and eventually, you get to a point that you actually start to like it a lot. At least, that’s how it worked for me.

I’m not a good runner, by any means, but I just had the mentality of “keep going, don’t stop.” It’s like the old saying that “slow and steady wins the race,” except for I didn’t win the race. I didn’t even come close. The guy who won beat me by a whole hour. I guess fast and steady actually wins the race!

Still, the whole experience was a blast. There’s something so thrilling about setting a ridiculous goal, working consistently toward it (even when you don’t see progress) and eventually reaching that goal. I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to do it!

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Ooh! Tell me about your running essentials – gear you needed, food you ate pre/post race. Also… dark secret I’ve always wanted to know about half marathoners.. did you walk at all???

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    1. I had started to talk about some of these things in this post and then realized it was getting reallly looooong! I’ll definitely do a post on gear and nutrition very soon! As for the walking question, I did not walk. Technically, I guess I walked a total of 3 steps when I got gatorade at the aid station and couldn’t run without sloshing it all over me. Other than that, though, no walking for me! Some of the other runners would run some and walk briefly, but I find that once I stop it’s really hard to get started again. 🙂
      Be on the lookout for the upcoming post about my running essentials! 😉

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