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:
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?