Why I Ran a Half-Marathon?
So, I ran a half-marathon this Sunday. Thank you everyone for encouraging me to JUST DO IT. Literally, as I scrolled down your comments, I had this inner desire to just go run. I woke up Saturday, signed up for the race and ran Sunday morning. I made a pact with myself back in 2011 to run at least one half marathon every year..but this year I lost my interest in running altogether and it didn't bug me too much, until recently. I am not a runner by any means but I do enjoy running and take refuge in running, both during the times of happiness and stress. Since it is almost the end of the year and as I reflected back on things I did and didn't do, one of the things I kept coming back to was "Running a Race"...and the more I thought about it, the more it bothered me. Some people thought it was weird + crazy to randomly run 13.2 miles, most others thought it was pretty awesome. In the past, I trained for at least 8-10 weeks, mentally and physically preparing myself for the big day. Since this year was a total surprise, I had a panicky feeling Saturday which lasted until I actually began to run. But I survived...which brings me to the title of today's post "Why I Ran a Half-Marathon?
- Fulfill a Personal Goal - I could be little stubborn if I feel strongly about something. So, instead of feeling less accomplished, I put my mind (and money) into "finishing" a half-marathon to check things off my list. It may sound stupid to some people but the sense of satisfaction you get afterwards is just unmeasurable. If you guys have unfinished goals this year, see if it's something doable because will power is everything!!!
- To Feel Physically Strong - My fitness hasn't been the greatest these past few months, which is a post for another day. I have always taken pride in my fitness, especially running so I felt like I was losing little bit of me. I needed prove to myself that I still got this and I am physically strong to run/walk/hop 13.1 miles.
- Forget about the stress - Since running is my idea of a stress reliever, I was able to block out the ongoing stress from my mind. Even if it was temporary. it was a good break from everything. The weather was gorgeous and I happen to run into a friend who came to support her friend. We both started and ended the race together, which was simply awesome!
Did I regret running? I knew what I was getting myself into by not training..so I was ready for the feeling of regret to kick in at some point. It happened right around 10 mile mark. I pep talked myself all the way through the finish line. And why does mile 12 to mile 13 feel the longest? Anyone??
I am not suggesting or encouraging anyone to simply wake up and run a half-marathon. That's not the point of this post. 13.1 miles is not a joke, however if you know what 13.1 feels like and you are a fairly fit individual, it is totally doable. I am very proud of finishing the half-marathon and I wanted to share this positive energy with everyone.
Sometimes, you gotta quit thinking so much. If it feels right, it probably is. So, just go with it. -Unknown
Once again, I really appreciate everyone taking time to comments because without your I wouldn't have done it....I'd love to hear your story on goals for 2015.