That was the sign a random woman was holding up near the final km marker on Sunday. She was sitting there, holding the sign, smiling. Her eyes met mine. “Lookin’ good! Almost there!”
Pain is temporary. Pride is forever.
After the half marathon this weekend, my pride meter is off the charts. Even though I ran a full marathon a few years ago, this feels like a much bigger accomplishment. With the event yesterday I have proven so much to myself. I have proven my ability to motivate myself. My ability to haul my butt out of bed and train on days when I really didn’t want to. My ability to overcome my fears. My ability to get out of my own way and accomplish something awesome…something that I really wanted for myself.
The best part was that I totally blew my own expectations out of the water. I was happy, I was strong, but most of all – I was fast. Faster than I expected. Faster than I thought I could be. On Sunday I was able to prove to myself that I am capable of more than I give myself credit for.
If this is the case in running, then I know that it’s the case in other areas of my life as well. I am capable of more than I think. This is the biggest lesson that I am taking away from this experience.
This half marathon feels like a turning point for me….one of those Big Moments in life that changes my perspective and propels me forward to bigger and better things.
Whatever “it” may be…I can do it. And I can do it on my own. Sunday was proof positive of that.
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More marathon deets to come later this week – including PHOTOS!! I promise!