Monday, 25. October 2010
Well, I put another half marathon in the books this past weekend. When I started training, I set a goal to finish in under two hours. Basically, I would have been happy finishing at 1:59:59. I just wanted to see a 1 at the front.
I finished in 2:00:05.
That six seconds hurt. A lot.
But, I have proved to myself that I can push myself harder, and survive. When I ran the Eugene Marathon and every other half marathon, the goal was simply to finish. And, believe me, I am very proud to have finished. The time for the marathon doesn’t matter much to me. However, after each of the previous races, I was sipping beers right after crossing the finish line. Yesterday, I couldn’t have had a sip of beer if you paid me. I wanted to barf. I had finally pushed myself to accomplish more, and when it was over, I can honestly say I left it all out there. I was unable to get off the couch the rest of the day.
So, I will do another half at some point, and I will make sure to shave a few seconds off that goal.
Many people hate running. Many people say to me that they don’t know how, or more importantly, why I would want to run 13 miles on a Sunday morning. I don’t always love it, that’s for sure. But, what I love is crossing the finish line. What I love is meeting up with friends at 6 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and watching the sun rise over LA. I love having run 7 miles before Laef is even awake.
I didn’t start running to lose weight. I started running when I lived in Eugene because I needed a hobby besides Jägermeister. I wasn’t really happy with my life, and I had no hobbies. I would work and party. That was it.
I will never forget the first time someone took me running. It was literally a small loop around Autzen Stadium. I bitched the entire time. I tried to quit at least a dozen times. I hated it. Running sucks in the beginning. I had never run before.
And slowly that loop around Autzen progressed to a 3 mile loop. And then we incorporated hills and 6 mile runs. And, soon, running was a part of my life. I could leave work and go for a run along the river and just enjoy the freedom. It made me feel so much happier.
At some point, I decided to run a half marathon to see what it would be like. There’s no better feeling than crossing that finish line. I never even entertained the idea of a full marathon because I always told myself, “No way. I can’t do 26 miles”. And then one day I realized that I actually can run a marathon, I just need to do it.
If you want to do something, all you have to do is do it.
And, if you don’t believe that, watch this video.
Running can change your life.