In my running “career” I have logged thousands of miles. I’ve run 12 marathons, a bunch of trail races, Ragnar Relay races, halfs, 10K’s, 5Ks and many, many, many long training runs.
And while there’s nothing like the feeling of crossing the finish line of a race, I will never forget the feeling I had when I ran 5 miles for the first time.
We had a training run along the Great Highway in San Francisco. Our team met at the Beach Chalet for a warm up and then we went out along the Great Highway towards Sloat, turned around and came back.
At these early stages I held a Walkman and listened to a Bare Naked Ladies cassette. “It’s been, three days…”. So I plugged in and plodded on. And I do mean plodded.
I came in second to last on that training run and I was hot as balls because back in the early days I wore long black leggings, a long sleeve running tee and a windbreaker. But I have never felt so accomplished and proud of anything as I was when I finished that run. FIVE miles. I had just run FIVE miles. That single run gave me confidence, a mental boost and some swagger for my training. And to this day when I think about that run, I smile. And it gives me encouragement and strength.
This is why I’m such a big cheerleader for people who are doing “a thing”. I know that once you tap into a small success, it leads to other successes. I’m also a HUGE advocate for setting goals. Because when you reach it, there’s nothing like it in the world.
So do me a favor, drop me a note or comment on any goals, athletic endeavors or things that you’re working on. I’m behind you 100%.
Now go run!