Life is just a collection of moments, so on #medalmonday I thought I’d tell you about some of the moments I collected yesterday.
I finished in 3:05 and some change, which is 25 minutes faster than my previous PR. I make that sound like I do half marathons all the time—I’m still a new runner, and I’ve only ever done one other race. But I thought 25 minutes was pretty good :) Shalane Flanagan was there to pass out medals to the elite runners, and she gave a pep talk to us all before the race. One of the things she said stuck with me and helped me push myself as much as I was able yesterday. She said: the first half of the race you run with your head, and the second half you run with your heart.
I’ve struggled with my running and even my motivation for a while. Ever since the health problems I had this Summer, I slipped into this place of feeling sorry for myself because I had to take such a huge step back from all the progress I had made as a new runner. But while running this race, I passed (and was passed by) people of so many ages and health levels. One woman in particular that I met was 60ish and struggling with an advanced case of rheumatoid arthritis. And yet there she was, in the middle of a half marathon, doing what she loved. I truly understood for the first time that one of the reasons we run is to celebrate the fact that we CAN.
I was extremely nervous before the race. But my badass friend @andthensome1 said—“why? Girl, it’s just a party.” And yeah. It really was. It was a party to celebrate life and health and heart.
Thank you all for your encouragement as I struggled to prepare for this race. Really. So many of you hold a very special place in my heart. That second half of the race that’s run with your heart? A lot of those miles I ran for you. ❤️ *
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