8K: Check!

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.

But me and running aren’t done yet. As soon as I can stand up and walk without grunting in sheer agony pain, I’ll think about pulling on my pink Asics and going out for a run. Because I can do it.

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.





4 thoughts on “8K: Check!

  1. Yes, yes, yes!!!! I’m so proud of you! 2 years ago, I decided I needed to train for a 10K in the hopes of losing the rest of the baby weight from birthing two children within a year. Then, I was dumb enough to do it again the following year! 😉 Truly, two of the most awesome experiences of my life- and I hadn’t ever run before, either!! So excited for you! It’s really such an enormous accomplishment!

  2. Great job!!! I, too, am a non-runner. At all. I mean, at all. 🙂 So I totally appreciate how hard this must have been for you. And I’m also a mom of three, so I have no idea how you had time to train! (But what a COOL place to have your first race, right?) I am seriously impressed.

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