It’s hard not to freak out about my first-ever half marathon, especially, I’m just about half way trained. I gave myself about 3 months to train for the half marathon and did not “add” much buffer to something called “life” and the fact that it simply takes TIME to build endurance. It’s okay, I’m not beating myself up for anything. It’s the process of going through the training that really matters. I enjoyed most of it (even on those crazy hilly runs!) More importantly, I learned quite a bit about myself in this process.
That said, I let go of all expectations of the half marathon. The only goal I have is to FINISH! Last week, I ran through few scenarios while looking at the course videos and pictures of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. At the end, I just decided to have fun, run the best I can that day, and cross that finish line!
It’s amazingly refreshing when I let go of all the expectations/plans. I now feel more ready for it knowing that I will rely on will (read: ego), crowd energy (read: help!), and mind (read: determination) to finish the remaining 6 miles I did not train for. I saw this video last night and it totally gave me a new perspective on my half marathon. Ben, challenged by cerebral palsy, has shown me what it took to run on passion and will power! He fell multiple times and got up multiple times to run and finish. Talk about determination!
If it takes a bit of “work” to slate across the hills to get to GG Bridge, I can run that. If it takes some will power in that 3+ hours to cross the finish line, I can run it. If Ben can run despite his physical challenges, I can run a half marathon in the beautiful city of San Francisco!