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Finished, but Not Done Yet

Posted by mitchelljul Mar 27, 2011

I finished my 1/2 marathon.  It wasn't the result that I had originally hoped for, but with an injury that kept me from running for nearly a month leading right up to the race, I was more than happy with my results.  I ran the whole thing in 2:57 -- meeting my most basic goals of running it all and completing it in under 3 hours.  I did it!  Woo hoo!

 

Now the question becomes, what do I run for now?  I have kept myself busy by scheduling shorter races, but I need to keep my motivation up.  I need to remember that I am doing this for me, for my health, my sanity, and for my daughter.  I so desperately want her to grow up with the confidence to try things without the fear of failure.  I want her to learn to define success in her terms, something I'm just learning to do myself.

 

My running has become about so much more than seeing if I could complete a half marathon.  It's become a social outlet for me, a way to relax and connect with people, to destress.  It's become an identity for me -- people are starting to see me as a runner now, and I think I'm actually considering myself one, too.

 

I still love and hate running.  I still have to drag myself out to run somedays -- many days -- but it's becoming more automatic, more natural.

 

Maybe Clare will grow up knowing her mother as a runner after all.

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mitchelljul

mitchelljul

Member since: Dec 14, 2007

Never a "great" athlete, I am training for Disney's Princess Half Marathon in February. My 20 month old daughter is my inspiration. May I show her through my example that she can do anything!

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