Running the Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon
After training between five and six months, I finally accomplished what I set out to accomplish – running the Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon. I finished with a personal best – 1:58 minutes. Before, I had never finished less than 2:15.
This accomplishment was very personal to me, not only because I had never run 13.1 miles, but because I felt compelled to change some things in my life. Sore legs each day reminded me that I was running for a reason.
Every week, I increased my distance by a half a mile or a mile. I constantly saw gains in time, distance or both.
This half marathon run was cathartic, exhilarating, and I gained more strength with each mile. The Lord also put someone in my path who wore a t-shirt with this verse on the back: “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me,” Philippians 4:13.
I adopted this as my race prayer.
As I checked Mile 12, I quickened my pace and lengthened my stride. As I started the final stretch, throngs of spectators cheered us on, but I felt like they were cheering just for me.
Never give up on when training
The most significant lesson I’ve learned over the last few months: Never give up when training. Make a commitment to a goal and see it through. I’ve also learned that I still have a long way to go. Training doesn’t stop after a few months; it becomes a new ways of life.
I’ll keep improving on myself. When I slip, I won’t get down on myself for screwing up. Instead, I’ll focus on making better choices, forgive myself, and train harder. And who knows, next year, I might get enough gumption to sign up for all 26.2 miles.
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