What does Mile 13.1 looks like for you?
For years, I didn’t understand the number bumper stickers people slapped on the back of their cars. 13.1 or 26.2 (or even higher). The day I walked in the running store to meet up with my first run group, I understood. I understood 3 things.
1. Running is VERY hard work.
2. People take (a lot) of pride in their distance.
3. People run for completely different reasons, like health, strength, endurance, peace of mind, organize their thoughts… they run for charity, raising money for a great cause, run to clear our heads.
I started running to cope with a very difficult time in my life. There was nothing that could keep my from crying, so the only way I would stop for 30 min is if I was running. So I started running every day. This was the only time of day that I was forced to think happy thoughts… if I didn’t, I was forced to walk.
And one day, everything that made me cry for months, just didn’t matter anymore. That’s when I understood the power of running. Not only was I in better shape than ever before (even though I’ve always loved the gym!), I knew my own strength. I made decisions I’d been afraid to make before and stood up to people I’d be afraid of, because of the confidence I’d gotten during my runs.
That’s what Mile 13.1 means to me. It’s been a journey of almost 2 years, and I’m a completely different person. This is why I love to run.