At 8:30am tomorrow morning, I’ll brave the cool October weather — and what looks to be the first rain showers in a long time — and cross the first of two lines on the way to completing my fourth half-marathon in 24 months!
My journey to a healthier me started in September 2010. My first mile was painful, uncomfortable, miserable and felt like the longest fifteen minutes of my life. How times have changed! I am now 60+ pounds lighter and consistently run at a pace of 9:30/mile. I’ve completed 3 half-marathons (the 4th one is in the morning); one marathon (already signed-up for my second one) and a handful of 10K & 5K races.
My energy level is up, my stress level is down and my attitude is much better!
The biggest lesson I’ve learned in the past 2 years is simple: You have to put in the time and the work in order to be successful. The one thing I know about myself is this – I’m a big fan of instant gratification! Patience is nowhere to be found on my top 10 list of qualities.
The journey has been a long on, but it has been extremely rewarding.
When I get to the starting area at tomorrow Gear Western Country Half Marathon, I’ll remember the advice that has carried me through every race and every run:
“Put one foot in front of the other” and remember to “cross the two lines.”
Be well and make it a great week!