Half marathon thought marathon

In Corral T, waiting for my wave to start.
In Corral T, waiting for my wave to start.

On Saturday, May 3, I ran a half marathon in Indianapolis. I’m not going to get into the specifics of training or go on (too much) about how difficult it is to run that many miles because honestly, yes it’s a lot of miles, but it’s not 26.2. I have this habit of always remembering that what’s bad could always be worse. Keeps me in a more grateful state of mind. Anyhoo, I did train and I prepped myself as much as someone who’s never run a half marathon before could possibly prep. My body was definitely ready for the run. However, I was not t prepared for the flood of thoughts I’d have throughout the run, how emotional I would be, or how much I’d learn about myself. I finished the race in 2:27:04. Not too shabby for a 41-year-old first timer. Strangely, as I got closer to the finish I began to think that I could definitely pull off 26.2. I am now trying to decide which 26.2 to run. In Indy, I saw some awe-inspiring people along the way. Firefighters in full gear. Military personnel in boots and carrying full packs. A man running on a prosthetic leg. A woman in a wheelchair. All driven by a desire to get to the finish…I was pretty much left in awe of humanity, because I will tell you, we are pretty amazing when we set out to do good things…our grit. Our determination. So beautiful!  I know if you’re reading this you have a dream or a goal…something you’d like to accomplish. I’m telling you, DO IT. NOW. Believe me when I say, YOU CAN.

2 thoughts on “Half marathon thought marathon

  1. Congrats on your race! I love your attitude! I’ve always said that I wish I could record the thoughts in my head during a race. They are all over the place. Luckily as I’ve done more races I’ve become much better at focusing on the positive and not letting too may negative thoughts throw me off track.

    1. Interestingly enough, a negative thought never crossed my mind! I was so in awe of the people I was running along side…and the fact that I was doing something that only a few short years ago, I never imagined I’d do. And you’re so right! My thoughts were all over the place too…but so deep and so full of knowledge about myself and life that I just held on to every one as tightly as I could.

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