13.1 : A half is my whole

I’m a slow poke. I can’t run quickly, even to save my life. I attempted to run track in high school, and I came in dead last in every race I was in. Then I spent five years in the Marine Corps and never had a good run time on my 3 mile. Taking all that into consideration, I hope I never stop running.

I got back into running thanks to a challenge on MyFitnessPal. With the help of Zombies,Run! and MyFitnessPal, I’ve been slowly increasing my run distances for the past two years.

First it was 2 miles, then 3, then I started doing 5k’s. They really help increase a t-shirt collection.

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Finally I worked my way up to a 10k. It seems silly, but I was ecstatic. The entire day all I could think was:

“I just ran 6 miles!, I haven’t done that since I was 19!”

But of-course no one really cares. It was a personal victory, and a small one.

I ran a Turkey Trot 10K on Thanksgiving, so I could really enjoy my donuts turkey.

I’ve noticed the photographers always snap a pic of me when I’m making a stupid face.

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But… back to the running.

I recently completed my first Half-Marathon. I picked the Echo Half-Marathon because it has a four hour time limit. I knew that I would slow-down and walk for quite a bit of it, but I was well within the time limit.

Instead of going for a longer event, my next goal is to improve my time. I’ve already got my next Half picked out.

I seriously doubt I will ever attempt a full Marathon. I have a hard time understanding how anyone can go such a long distance, and Iron Man Triathlons…they blow my mind! I think I’ve hit a good distance, this is my plateau, right now – it nearly destroyed me to do the 13.1 miles.

I’m looking forward to the day when I won’t have to worry about the time limit… or at least I won’t have to worry too much. For me, like many Back of the Pack (BOP) runners:

A Half is My Whole.

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