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my running journey | part three

[Check out parts one & two if you missed them!]

After finally beginning to gain momentum and realizing that all runners were once non-runners, I decided I was in this running thing for the long haul. 

I wanted to make it a part of my weekly routine, and I have. 

At our school we had a Marathon initiative where the staff was challenged to walk or run a total of 26.2 miles in a little less than a month. I posted my mileage tracker on the whiteboard in my classroom and asked my students to hold me accountable. The day I colored in my last mile, not only did my class congratulate me with a group hug, I just felt so insanely accomplished. 

This marked the first time I had set a short term goal that was bigger than myself and actually accomplished it. 26 miles was surprisingly attainable. 

It hasn’t been an easy journey.

There was one run in particular where I was scheduled to run 20-walk 3-run 20 and I could not for the life of me run the whole time. The most frustrating thing is that only 2 days before I ran 35 minutes (!!!) without stopping. So why in the world was I crumbling in the first 6 minutes of a 40 minute run? 

All these lies about not being good enough and that my progress wasn’t going to last started to invade my thoughts. 

After 3 days of trying to complete the run without having to stop and walk, I was finally successful. Though it was the hardest week of my running journey thus far, it has been the most rewarding. Just when I thought I was going to have to give up running, I pushed myself in a way I never thought I would be able to. 

I believe it was in a conversation on the phone immediately after this run that Apple Guy decided to tell me he had already signed us up for a half marathon later this year. Ha. Riiiiiiiiight. Still not sure on that one.

It’s January 30th and at this moment the thought of running a half marathon makes me want to cringe. But for the first time in my life, it doesn’t feel impossible.

Yikes. Never thought I’d say that. 

To be continued…