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Mind Blown ...

Monday, June 09, 2014

There was a point last fall where I signed up for a 10K and a 5K. One in November, one in December.

I paid for both.

And I didn't run either.

I assumed I was over running, that the fun I had with it was over.

And then, on a whim, I signed up for a 5K on March 23. It was the "Runway Runaway" in Stafford. It was 3.1 miles of just flat airport runway. That couldn't be too bad, right? I finished that 5K in 39:05. It was my first sub-40-minute 5K. I remember thinking, "Wow, this is awesome. I just PR'd and I haven't really RUN in months ..."

That was my reintroduction back into running. I've fallen in love all over again, my friends.

Since then I've run:
Color in Motion 5K - 37:05 time (another PR!)
FoamFest 5K - (I did every obstacle and kept up with my boyfriend, even!)
Marine Corps Historic 10K - 1:25:05 (yet another PR!) not to mention I met my goal of running the entire thing!

It's only two 5Ks and a 10K, but man, did those runs ever leave me wanting more!!! :)

Then there was yesterday.

On an impulse back in March, after that 5K run, my friend Sam invited me to sign up for a half marathon with her. She had already signed up for the North Face Endurance Challenge in DC, which is actually a race series weekend (5K, 10K, half marathon, full marathon, marathon relay, 50K and 50 miler!!! Holy crap ...). So, being who I am ... I signed up too.

Now, I will say this - we didn't read very closely.

It was a half marathon ... entirely on trail.

TRAIL.

At first we were like, "Well how much different could it be? It isn't going to be THAT bad!"

O_O

Well, it was.

Now when I say the generic "bad" what I mean was it was hard. Lordy was it hard! But I have never felt more accomplished than I do today.

Sam and I finished.

Even though our training slacked the past few weeks, we managed to conquer it.

It was not easy, nor was it something I would immediately run to doing again (on the trail, anyway).

But it is easily one of the greatest accomplishments I've ever tackled and succeeded in.

Granted, I was sixth to last in the overall race (finished in 04:00:36), BUT I finished and it gives me a new goal to work toward.

We are going to do the Rock N' Roll Half in Virginia Beach this August ... I already feel way better about that than I did running 13.1 on a trail, haha.

But this is such a great feeling ... I guess you could say my mind is blown at the fact that I set a goal and already accomplished it halfway through the year! :) It's only up from here, my friends!
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TXHRT4U 6/17/2014 9:14PM

    I have been eager to hear how your 1/2 race went. You did an emoticon job! emoticon on your successful finish! Especially on a trail run. You should be very proud of yourself emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/16/2014 12:39PM

    Congrats! And trail to boot!
I knew you could do it.

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CASSIOEPIA 6/16/2014 1:24AM

    Congratulations! We have been keeping track on your "Panicking" thread. LOL

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/12/2014 6:11PM

    So proud of you!!! We (The Rookie Running Group) all knew you could do it!!

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MBTEPP 6/10/2014 8:01AM

    Great to hear. emoticon you. Did it.

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