My Mini Adventure | First Half Marthon
“Out on the roads, there is fitness and self-discovery, and the persons we were destined to be.” George Sheehan.
I have to admit I’m a little nervous. I have my first half marathon tomorrow. It will be only the 3rd time I’ve covered that kind of ground in 4 hours in my life. (And I have dreams of doing a FULL marathon soon).
What makes someone want to do weird stuff like that? “Today I’m going to go out and run 13.1 miles.” Uh. Why? For me, the answer is simple, because I can and because I want to push myself to do MORE than what we normally do in this day and age of sitting too much. I want to grow to be better, to be healthier, to experience as much of living as I can.
The truth is, I will probably walk/run this one because I have not been training enough. But that is okay. I’m embracing my imperfection. I’m just going to get it done. I don’t care about the time, I don’t care how much of it I will need to walk, I just want to cover the ground.
I’ve always been that kind of person that throws caution to the wind and jumps. I figure I will get that parachute to open somehow along the way. Too many of us play it safe. We make excuses rather than take risks. And the reality of it is that we blow things out of proportion when we think about the negative things that can happen. What is the worst that can happen? I get injured? I’m planning on treading lightly. This isn’t the race to be best in age class. It is just to open the door to the adventure of running a race.
“You must expect great things from yourself before you can do them.” Michael Jordan
There is greatness in all of us. The routine of life is what makes us forget that. That is why I am here telling you to go out and have an adventure. Do something you normally wouldn’t. Whether it is entering and training for a race, or planning a weekend camping trip, or just going outside for a hike, put something on the calendar today. Your life is calling. Will you listen?
I’m off for my adventure! Wish me luck!
You have such a resilient spirit! Thanks for the inspiration– hopefully I’ll be out there one day, running a half marathon!