Friends, I did it.
I feel so accomplished.
This morning, for the first time ever, I ran 6 straight miles.
That's a 10k!
(I think "10k" sounds much more impressive, don't you?)
You may remember me asking if you thought it was possible for me to run 6 miles.
Many of you encouraged me.
Somewhere within me I knew I could do it.
It was a mental game.
One of which I was scared to death (not literally).
The thought of running for an HOUR was extremely frightening to me.
Why? I don't know.
But it was daunting.
I was so comfortable with my little 5k paths.
But last week I started challenging myself.
Changing my route.
Not being afraid of going longer than 3 miles.
Venturing out into the 4 mile field.
And I was surprised to find that I felt invigorated.
Excited about it, even!
(that's another exciting--at least for me--story for another day)
I decided to channel my courage.
I asked if he thought I could make the 6 mile round trip run to Sara's house and back.
He said "definitely" without any hesitation.
"Just take it at a little bit of a slower pace than you usually do."
So this morning, at 6:30am,
I laced up my shoes,
grabbed my cell phone,
and said, "I'm doing it.
I'm running to Kyle and Sara's--
just so you know where to find me if you have to scrape me off the asphalt."
(I really did say that.)
And off I went.
I started off breathing more heavily than usual.
It was nerves.
I was starting to psych myself out.
But somewhere along the way--probably on that first seemingly endless hill on US12--
I settled into a groove.
And I actually enjoyed the rest of the run.
I stopped for 2 minutes at the half way point just to be sure I could make it back--
another 3 miles.
I did it.
Over the countless hills.
(It's really hilly in these parts.)
And despite my fear.
I accomplished a goal.
And I already have one of my best friend's mom challenging me to train for a half marathon and then a full.
She says if she can do it at her age, I can definitely handle it.
The fear is already creeping in as I type.
I think I'll take the challenges slowly.
But this time I believe I can do it!