Sunday, July 26, 2009
My very first 10K Race. Ever!
It was only this morning.
In Oakland, California I ran around Lake Merritt, twice, and created history for myself.
It was a monumental moment for me. I ran 6.2 miles alone... quietly, with only a few knowing my name, I was Bib Wearer #133.
I drove the 60 miles there alone and back again. Anyone driving behind me or passing me in the lane on the highway... would never know what I was about to embark on .... or what I had just accomplished. Something quite small, actually, to the regular seasoned runner.
But to me.
I did it.
I did something I never imagined I could. Or wanted to.
I ran more than six miles at once.
And, just because.
Just because I wanted to believe in mind over matter. Just because I believed our physical body can do so much more than what our brain can dictate.
I wanted to push myself. I wanted to feel the stretch. I wanted to push past my comfort zone and feel the empowerment in doing that.
I realize it was just 6.2 miles.
But, I have never run that far before. This morning, while running past people walking alongside their dogs or friends, or talking on their cell phones... I knew they had no clue, that there was history in the making for me. But there was.
I felt truly alive.
I felt like I could achieve anything when I set my mind to it. And I have. And I will.
6.2 miles at a time.