So yeah, we had the flu this week. But I'm trying not to dwell on it anymore because there are so many people out there suffering from such greater, incurable, unimaginable things.
I ran a half marathon on Sunday.
I did it all by myself. Literally, all by myself.
No race signs. No fuel stations. Just me and my gear.
I really didn't think I could do it. But I did:
Jost Running to promote their virtual races. Specifically, the Beat the Heat 5k and the Home Run 10K. I had an unused voucher for one of their half marathons, and since I ran a little over 11 miles at the Grand Rapids Marathon relay—I mean, I couldn't let it go to waste. What's two more miles, right?
Shoot, those two miles were hard! Not physically, but mentally! If you train for marathons, you might think this post is silly because a solo 13-miler might be a walk in the park for you. But it wasn't for me because I don't train for marathons. I train for half marathons, and I prefer to run them with a ton of people. Would you believe I've only gone the distance three times previously?
1) Chicago Half Marathon, October 2009
2) Chicago Women's Half Marathon, June 2013
3) Indianapolis Women's Half Marathon, August 2013
No recap on that first one. Daily Dose wasn't up and running (ha!) yet.
Add this one now:
4) Jost Running Strength In Numbers Virtual Half Marathon, November 2014
But anything is possible if you put your mind to it. I'm a firm believer in that, so I sucked it up...well, laced it up and got my butt outside. And I ran. I ran 13.1 miles on what might have been the last sunny Fall day of the season.
It was perfect.
Again, the last two miles sucked.
But it was perfect.
(And then I got the flu.)
If you're thinking about running 13.2 miles by yourself, you should consider the following:
1) Register for a virtual race and earn that proof. Because, #bling.
2) Be very strategic about your fuel—remember, no aid stations.
3) Pick a path that travels close to home, just in case you (insert problem here).
4) Be your own cheerleader. Literally...out loud.
5) Stay safe, aware, and let others know where you're going and when you might return.
6) Believe in yourself. #mostimportant
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Tomorrow, November goals. I've been thinking about them...
Question: What's the furthest distance you've ever gone by yourself? How did you get through it?