13.1 life lessons from completing my first half-marathon

On October 18, 2015 I completed the Nike Women's half-marathon and wrote this note to myself — a lesson for each mile.
  1. 1.
    My mile 1 could be someone's mile 5 and vice versa.
  2. 2.
    Although races can be competitive in nature, we're all just trying to make it to the finish line.
  3. 3.
    Regularly training for a run is putting yourself through incremental challenges to build up your endurance and strength for an even bigger challenge. Kind of like rehearsals for a big show.
  4. 4.
    Sometimes all you need to get through a mountain of struggle is a gospel choir/hallelujah chorus singing 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' at the other end of the hill.
  5. 5.
    There are people you run alongside that also doubted their ability to make it through. But they woke up and started at 6am just like you. You will get there.
  6. 6.
    Be proud of the mile that took you the longest to finish.
  7. 7.
    Tank top. Sports bra. Tutu. Leggings? We all have preferences of comfort. Pick your battle armor of choice.
  8. 8.
    People you've never met, but understand your struggle, are rooting for you -- with hilarious signs, lion dancing, taiko dojo drums, marching bands, and bubbles.
  9. 9.
    When you're physically or mentally hurting, give attention to the pain, take a break, and take in the fresh air.
  10. 10.
    Although I prefer to run alone, it's fun running into friends and spending time with them along the way.
  11. 11.
    There are multiple opportunities to let the weight off. If nature calls, set it free.
  12. 12.
    There will be battle scars. Some you see, some you don't.
  13. 13.
    The race is never over. Each finish line is just another checkpoint. Run again.
  14. 14.
    (+.1) mile 10 was effing hard yo. wtf san francisco.
  15. 15.
    I wore a hand-designed shirt that represented a person/community/cause I ran each mile for.