Once upon a time I used to look at people who ran and think that they must enjoy misery. I truly couldn’t understand why anyone would want to run. I personally hated to run. Hike 13 miles up a mountain? No problem. Paddle for 8 hours straight? You betcha. But run one mile….no way.
In all fairness, I always felt like I was doing something wrong when I ran. Did I look ridiculous? Was I wearing the right shoes? How fast and how far was I supposed to run? Fast forward about 10 years and here I am, not only completing every 5K I can find**, but now training for a half-marathon.
Yes, you read that right. I’m training to participate in a very special half-marathon that will take place in October. I’m no where near ready, but I’m training hard and making progress with each run. And who cares what I look like when I run or what shoes I wear (although I did find some awesome ones, for sure). I guess that’s what happens when you age….you start doing things for you, not for the approval of others.
Now that I’m older and a smidge wiser, I find that I really do enjoy running. Not only is it a great challenge for me, but I truly love trail running in the woods near my house. It’s such a great time to connect with nature, and such a release as well.
So I decided to push myself hard and train for a half marathon–but not just any half marathon. I will be participating and partnering with a special needs ministry. I will cross the finish line with a special needs participant, and I cannot wait!! Not only do I get to run for myself and see how far I can push myself, but I get to help someone else in the process. If you live in the Tennessee area, I encourage you to check it out. They are in need of more runners and special needs participants. It’s an awesome reason to run!
**Now that my ankle is healing nicely, I am planning on participating in the Best Buddies 5K on Saturday. A big thank you to all who have donated. There is still time to donate to this wonderful cause, please check out this post to learn more!!