June 2017 I did my first half marathon. When I signed up a few months prior I couldn’t run a mile without stopping. I was amazed at how much I changed, how strong I got, and after training, I was able to run 13 miles without stopping.
Here is my post with more details about that first run. You never forget your first!
My second half marathon was a passion of love. I trained over the dark PNW winter and most days couldn’t feel my frozen toes. It was hard getting out in the dark and I didn’t train that well. That said I got the same time as my first half marathon, off by 1 minute. It was so nice not being so nervous for my 2nd race, having one behind me gave me the confidence I would be able to finish. I had a lot of fun dressing up, getting out there, and encouraging friends to do their first half marathon.
This month I finished my 3rd half marathon and I was so excited to share it with some close friends who aren’t new to running. Someone asked me, what time I was going for. A question everyone asks, not only on a race day but when you meet with a group to find who you are pacing with. My pace might be what others call slow at 10:30 minutes a mile, so maybe that makes it easier for me to say that my race goal wasn’t around time or pace. Yes, I would be thrilled to beat my personal best but my goal was to enjoy the run.
Snoqualmie Half was a magical route in the trees, with a crooked river, bridges, barns, and fly fishers. I saw a bunny, dear, and wildflowers as I ran with smiling faces and several water stations with people cheering me on. I really enjoyed the run, the energy, and the huge breakfast after. The event even offered childcare and June is a perfect month in WA with low temps and clear skys. It was a great day and I glowed after knowing I did it!!!
It wasn’t my personal best, at least I don’t think it was. To be honest I barely looked at my time and I only know it wasn’t based on my app. However, if you asked me it was my best race. I sat on the grass after, talked with friends, my husband was there to take me home, and I was happy. All the hard work training with the Seattle Green Lake Running Group paid off and the next day I wasn’t even that sore. I actually considered doing another half the following Wednesday with some coworkers since it was International Running Day.
What the race really taught me was life isn’t about your results, it is about the journey.
You need to enjoy every step, every hill, and be in it for the ride. This really called out to me as I got passed by a man dressed as a chicken in the last half marathon.
If you get your personal best and didn’t enjoy it, it will be an empty promise and won’t fill your cup. Same is true if you fail.
Happiness is enjoying the ride no matter the outcome. * L
P.S. Want to do my next half marathon with me? Join our virtual running group on Instagram.