5 hours ago
Dancing my way through that finish line 💃🏼 Thank you @austinmarathon for another great race this year!
Today there was no PR, but there was surely progress. Rather than not racing today because I didn’t train much, I got up and went for it anyway. I listened to my body at times when I felt the need to slow down and break to walk, knowing that it wouldn’t be the smartest to overwork myself without sufficient training. I let go of the need for this race to be “better than the last time”, and I just enjoyed myself instead.
I woke up this morning questioning my decision to race, but as soon as I got out there I was reminded why I do this every year. There’s something really inspiring about seeing all types of people push themselves, hearing the spectators cheer, getting tapped on the shoulder from another runner to ‘keep it up,’ seeing the city of Austin from a view that only a runner could, and taking in the fact that anything is really possible. As I ran today, I was thinking about how much I used to hate running earlier in my life. I walked 15 minute miles and could barely jog for longer than a few minutes without stopping. I crossed the finish line after 13.1 miles in an hour and 40 minutes, and realized once again that limits we set for ourselves are in our minds. Running is my constant reminder that all things are possible with a willingness to try and a work ethic to improve.
Keep an open perspective in life.. you never know where it might take you. ✨