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.
- •My mile 1 could be someone's mile 5 and vice versa.
- •Although races can be competitive in nature, we're all just trying to make it to the finish line.
- •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.
- •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.
- •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.
- •Be proud of the mile that took you the longest to finish.
- •Tank top. Sports bra. Tutu. Leggings? We all have preferences of comfort. Pick your battle armor of choice.
- •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.
- •When you're physically or mentally hurting, give attention to the pain, take a break, and take in the fresh air.
- •Although I prefer to run alone, it's fun running into friends and spending time with them along the way.
- •There are multiple opportunities to let the weight off. If nature calls, set it free.
- •There will be battle scars. Some you see, some you don't.
- •The race is never over. Each finish line is just another checkpoint. Run again.
- •(+.1) mile 10 was effing hard yo. wtf san francisco.
- •I wore a hand-designed shirt that represented a person/community/cause I ran each mile for.