I had meant to post this last month during my actual runiversary, but it’s better late than never!
Two years ago I made a random but life-changing goal: to run a marathon.
I made this goal as a way to stay motivated to keep up with my exercise regime. I was bored of the gym. And, at 25 years old, I was a little bored and complacent with life. I had been in the “real world” for a couple years and was disillusioned with the whole being a grownup and paying the bills thing. I needed something that was mine and kept me inspired.
So I started running. I could barely run three miles, but I kept at it. Six months after making my big goal, I crossed the finish line of the Seattle Half in 2:03. Six months after that, I finished my first marathon in 4:21.
I’ve learned a lot about myself in the last two years, and I am no longer bored, complacent or disillusioned. Running has changed who I am and how I view myself. My weekends are now dictated by when I’ll do my long run, not when I’ll meet up with my friends at the bar.
Before marathon running, I only viewed exercise in terms of burning calories to maintain my weight. No wonder I was bored. While I still think about the calories I burn (mostly because that means I get to eat more!), that is not the reason I run. Running has made me a stronger, more confident and happier person, and it is helping me become the best version of myself. Happy Friday!