As I was walking back to my office after lunch yesterday, it hit me: I ran a half marathon.
I guess because I’ve been so annoyed about finishing much slower than I expected to, I haven’t really reflected on the accomplishment. Instead I’ve just been so focused on a redemption run and proving to myself that I am better than what I did on Sunday.
But really, what I did on Sunday is exactly what I set out to do. Build up enough endurance to go the full distance of a half marathon.
This actually hit me as I was walking by my car and I looked at MY 13.1 magnet. I remember looking out for these magnets during all of my training runs.
Back when I was only running 3, 4, 5 miles I used to obsess over getting to put one of the magnets on my car one day. The idea of the magnet actually helped pull me through some tough training runs. Seriously.
And now I have the magnet on my car.
Excuse me while I cry for a minute because apparently running has made me into a very emotional person.
I remember when I first ran 7 miles and then 8 miles. I would wonder if I could ever possibly make it to 13.1. Those miles were so hard. And of course after I got to 10 and 11 miles I started getting scared because that was really hard.
I think these are normal thoughts though, right? When you were training for your first half did you have moments where you wondered “is this even possible?”
Turns out it is possible and now I really want to enjoy this accomplishment.
I still want my redemption run, but I am not going to obsess over getting it in. Instead when I got home from work yesterday I put on my finisher’s medal and wore it around the house all night. Why? Because I earned it!
Did you read the WSJ article about runners and magnets?
– Written like a true non-runner is what I think : )