I (FINALLY) Ran 7 Miles – I’m Halfway to the Half!

On Saturday I ran seven miles which is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I’ve been wanting to do this since the end of April when I ran six miles for the first time.

At four miles in to the run I knew I was going to do it – there was no question. I was feeling good and what’s three more miles right?

I had been saving myself a special treat for this day too. 

Back in the beginning of July I signed up to do a virtual race to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As a reward for signing up for the race I received a shiny medal to add to my collection.

I’ve done lots of runs since July that I could have used as my virtual race, but instead I’ve been saving the medal for the BIG day – the seven mile day:

seven mile medal

I’m beyond excited to finally be able to hang this medal up with my others.

I sometimes think of virtual races as fake races, but this one could not have been more real for me.

So, why has it taken so long to reach seven miles?

After my successful 6-mile run in April, I attempted to run 7 miles a few times during the month of May, but never made it past the 10K mark. That’s when I decided to hire a long-distance running coach to help me reach the next level.

When we started working together my coach brought my long run down to 3 miles and instead had me focus on running shorter distances a little faster and a lot stronger.

Since June I’ve been waiting for this day to come – the day when I would once again attempt seven miles as a more experienced runner.

And I accomplished what I set out to do!

I am now halfway to the half marathon distance and while the finish line isn’t quite in sight, I feel much more confident that I’ll be able to reach it!

What has been your biggest running achievement so far this year?

Do you celebrate mini-goals like this? 

9 Comments

  1. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running
    September 9, 2013 / 10:01 pm

    I’m so glad you rewarded yourself with a medal for a virtual race, because I was planning on doing the same when I hit a new long run milestone! You totally deserve it. I’m SOOO glad you’ve gotten past the mental barrier of 7 miles and are well on your way to your half. Bask in your glory!!!

    • September 10, 2013 / 3:31 am

      Oh, I am basking! I think I’ve told everyone I know seven times each about my seven mile run! 🙂

      I thought about my medal a lot during the seven miler. It’s been sitting wrapped up in tissue paper on my kitchen counter since the beginning of July just teasing me with its presence. I was so happy to finally hang it up!

  2. September 10, 2013 / 4:18 pm

    I love the idea of using the medal as a reward – so exciting! I think celebrating mini-goals along the way is so important for staying motivated.

    • September 11, 2013 / 12:58 pm

      Absolutely agree! I was so excited to finally earn the medal. It’s just been sitting in my kitchen all wrapped up in tissue paper, staring me down for months 🙂

  3. Karla Bruning
    September 10, 2013 / 10:53 pm

    Congratulations! It must feel so good. You’ve come so far with your training and you’ll just keep amazing yourself the more you do! My biggest running achievement this year had to be running a 3-mile PR at the end of my last tri. I celebrated with my favorite ice cream 🙂 I love that you chose this one for your medal. Keep it up!

    • September 11, 2013 / 12:57 pm

      Thank, Karla! Seeing your exciting tri race recaps and reading Shut Up and Run’s blog about training for Ironman has me thinking about doing a tri someday – or at least a sprint du 😉

  4. Fat Girl Healthy
    September 13, 2013 / 1:34 am

    Congrats! That’s a huge acheivment that should be celebrated. I bet you could do a half marathon now even though you never run that far. You will be amazing when you hit that half marathon mark!

    • September 13, 2013 / 2:10 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 You are much too kind in thinking I could tackle the half now … 7 miles felt good, but not *that* good haha!