Another mile stone reached. As always, I didn’t planned any of this. I wanted to do my usually 7-8 mile run on the weekend. The weather and the body lend themselves to go the extra mile or two.
I’m excited to share with you that I ran my first half marathon distance.
Half marathon = 13.1 Miles.
Recently, I’ve been “easily” doing 5K+ during the weekdays (around the beautiful lake). I put “easily” in quotations because remember I have been doing this for 2 years now.
(If you’re starting to compare, please be fair to yourself. My conditioning is not the same as yours.)
On the weekends, I run 7-8 miles. Sometimes pushing it a bit farther. The win here is that I don’t usually end up super tired where I need a lot of time to recuperate. You can say 7-8 mile runs have become the norm for my weekends.
One weekend, I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could do 10…and I did.
I’d go on to do 11 miles and 12 miles at some point. When I did 12 miles, I was very disappointed.
So close to a half marathon distance. Oh well. One day.
The 12-mile run scared me because I almost passed out on my way home. But the seed for challenge had been planted.
One fateful Saturday cool afternoon, I decided to go on a route I hadn’t been on a while. I paced myself pretty well, not pushing too hard.
It’d be funny if I could run my first half marathon distance today.
I thought to myself. Then…
Heh, why not?
I noticed myself going for the distance. I combined two of my usual routes. I was freaking tired. I couldn’t feel my legs. I felt like I was walking on the clouds.
13.20 miles. 2hours, 15 minutes.
My pedometer read to me in my earphones.
A huge smile came to my face. I placed one of my favorite song and raced home.
Yep, after running for over two hours, I summoned energy to run (not jog) home. I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited!! (Still am)
Over two years of hard work summarized in one picture.
It’s all hard work…and consistency
It took me over two years to achieve this. No short-cuts, no silver bullets. I ran every other day in every season and cut down the bs excuses.
I can hardly believe such a crazy milestone. But I want to make it clear that this was never my goal (I don’t believe in goals).
One day I decided to go out running and have some fun while at it.
On my next post, I’ll tell you my brief story how I reached this awesome (and unreal!) milestone.
You can do it too! Start running today. How do I know it works? Look at picture above 🙂