When I don’t run far, I don’t feel like myself. I hadn’t done a long and exhausting distance run since the NYC Marathon and I was getting antsy. So on the eve before my last day in San Diego, I walked into my parent’s family room and declared, “I’m going to run a half marathon tomorrow.” My Mom and sister looked at me confused. I explained that it wasn’t exactly a “half marathon” just a long run at a half marathon distance. I then thought about how I didn’t want to run alone so my sister helped me blast my Impromptu Half Marathon onto the internet to see if anyone wanted to join.
I’d never done this before. I’ve never invited strangers of the internet to run with me in an impromptu fashion. It sounds like an excellent way to end up in a ditch somewhere but when it comes to running, running with a friend or a group is much more rewarding. Luckily I wasn’t murdered and I ended up having the opportunity to run with an incredibly fierce and inspiring runner named Pamela. I asked Pamela how far she wanted to go and at first she was going to run 4-6 miles with me because she had run a half marathon the previous weekend (in 1 hour and 45 minutes no less) and but decided to run the entire way with me so I wouldn’t have to run alone. And boy am I glad she ran with me.
The running community is an incredible group of people. And thanks to the internet it’s so easy to connect. Pamela inadvertently gave me my next goal. I’m a one pace pony because I am full of excuses. But here she is with a full time career where she travels often, and she is the Mom to two girls! Not only does Pamela run, but she works to run fast and far! She’s a trail runner who’s done ragnar’s! She has the most infectious attitude towards uncomfortable training and pushing your limits. Her mantra during the painful training runs is "suck it up." I kept thinking, “Holy cow, what a badass.” The reason I’m a one pace pony is because I slack on painful runs and I do the bare minimum. It’s gratifying and empowering when you push yourself to a place you didn’t believe was possible and the only way you get there is through hard work that isn’t always pain free. I never thought I could run a marathon. Then I ran one in 4 hours and 40 minutes. Then 4 hours 11 minutes. Next I want to beat 4 hours. Pamela reminded me that I can’t be afraid to put in the work and feel the burn.
Running is about personal growth. Every year I surprise myself when I blow my best out of the water. What I really love about running is how simple the process is. You start running by running and walking, then running, and gradually you run further every single week. Then you adjust, adapt, get stronger, and take over the world! Sure it’s challenging, but the process is fun and rewarding. I don’t run to lose weight, I run to consistently prove my worth to myself. You can’t bullshit your way to a marathon. Some do but I can’t. Your success is tangible and it only happens when you take the steps, put in the time, and do the work.
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