Today, I have post-achievement blues! I ran my first 21.1km race on Saturday and I friggin nailed it! To be expected now today, I am a little blue, longing for the adrenalin and euphoria that came along with Saturdays run.
Running a race isn’t the biggest deal in the grand scheme of things, considering some of the devastating atrocities going on in our country, and in our world. I haven’t created a cure for anything, or saved anyone’s life. However, in my little world, Saturday’s race felt like the biggest achievement of my life! It felt like I conquered my own Kilimanjaro.
You see, I have wanted to run a half marathon probably for the better part of 4 years now. Sadly though, there have always been reasons for not making it to the start line – injury, other commitments, laziness and did I mention injury? This time it was different though! I made a commitment to myself that nothing was going to stop me. I entered, I put together the training plan, I ran, I ran some more, I stayed on course and I never faulted. Considering that the hugest personality flaw I have is starting something and never finishing it, this achievement is huge! I started something and I friggin finished it!. I proved to myself and to my loved ones, that no matter what else is going on in your life, you can do anything if you put your mind to it! I never understood the power of the mind, quite like I do now!
As I stood on that start line just after dawn on Saturday, I couldn’t stop smiling, I was so excited to begin the adventure! And I didn’t stop smiling for the entire 2hrs and 40mins it took me to finish it!
The best part? Standing on the start line with my husband and one of my best friends along side me, both of them feeling the exact same way as I did… We were ready to tackle the mountain, ready to achieve our goals. And the second best part, sharing the coldest, biggest, beer with them at the end! All of us, still smiling xxx