I made a list of 29 things I wanted to accomplish while I’m 29. Running an 8K across this bridge from Asia to Europe? Check.OK, OK I walked some. And then I ran some. And then I walked a little more and ran until my lungs felt like they could burst. And I wondered why I didn’t appreciate my body when it was a little younger and more vivacious. And then I crossed the finish line at 1:13:10. And I felt amazing.
It was a good feeling, y’all. Honestly when I came up to a finish line (notice I said “a” finish line, not “the” finish line– it was for a different race), tears welled up in my eyes because it felt so good to accomplish a goal. And then I got a little mad when I realized it wasn’t my finish line, and I still needed to keep running.
I’m not sure I’ll ever LOVE running. I like the feeling after I run. I like feeling like all my clothes are a tad loose. I loved every bit of this weekend with my friends and no kids. (I did not love being scammed out of 120 Turkish Lira in a taxi but that’s a story for a different day!) And I love that I did something I set out to do.
Note to reader: I did not run AT ALL (like I walked most of the mile I had to do in elementary school PE) before June when I downloaded a C25K free app and started running S-L-O-W-L-Y. Let’s take a moment to appreciate how far I have come…. Thank you.