Emotions are overwhelming! Feelings are disarray! Thoughts are running wild. THE ONE goal I’ve had for about a year (secretly for 2.5 years) has finally worked its way into reality.
I’m a Half-Marathoner!
When I started this whole ‘Let’s try to get fit‘ thing, I never realized that one day, I shall be a half-marathoner. Little did I know, that it would spruce into reality at the Philly Love Run this soon in my life. Considering me and my procrastination habits, I knew the only way to get this done was to sign up for something huge that I thought I wasn’t capable of. Months of getting my foot out of the door after a long work day, those several weeks of waking up at 5 am on Saturdays to get the dreaded ‘long runs’ done, months of arranging my ‘real’ life schedule around my training, months of mentally overcoming the small fears and big fears – have finally paid off!
I never spoke in detail (or publicly) about what I wanted this race to be for me. I had two major goals – one was to finish strong and second was to finish with a huge smile on my face. CHECK. And CHECK. Yesterday was THE best day I could I have asked for a first half-marathon. I felt physically good and mentally great! I shall definitely have a full race recap and all the thoughts that went through during the race sometime soon (once I stop walking like a penguin and recover well). But, for now, here’s a little tease for you. I finished 5 minutes faster than my goal time. Don’t ask me how! I’ve never run that long and fast ever before in this lifetime (and previous ones too).
I’m going to leave you with a piece of advice I received from a good friend yesterday, amongst all my congratulatory messages. After all, this is all just the beginning!
“There’s no limit to what you can do!
Don’t let anything and anyone ever stop you from chasing your goals.”