Wow! What an exhilarating experience actually feeling like I was racing a marathon! The Shamrock marathon in Virginia Beach was a flat course, but the winds made up for the lack of hills. The course was entertaining for me for a couple of reasons. One, I had some great company with me. And, two, I had never run that course, so it was interesting.
The only other marathon I have run is the Richmond Marathon. I have run it 6 times for 6 consecutive years. I am very proud of my progress and last November, I finally broke 4 hours with 3:54. But, funny how that wasn’t enough. I began training for Shamrock in December, hoping to cut 4 minutes off of my time.
Running has become an area of growth for me. It helps me focus on setting goals and on being healthier. It is such a great feeling to set a goal, work towards it and then be able to achieve it. And, in this case, I crushed it! Once I hit the stretch on Shore Drive, around 16-17 miles, I knew I was going to do it. I was feeling “it”. You know, that feeling where you just know you are going to do what you have set out to do.
So, during my last miles, I had to smile. Every time I checked my pace on my watch, I had to smile. I believed in myself. I believed in my ability. I made decisions about how hard I was going to push and how long I could keep it up. And it all worked! Amazing!
Setting goals by planning to run a race is an excellent way to get into a healthy routine. It can help anyone make lifestyle changes to include daily exercise. And having some people working towards the same goals is a great way to be held accountable.
Find a race, join a training team and set a personal goal. Valuable steps to changing your life in a positive way. Becoming healthier and meeting friends with the same goals!