Life Lessons from a Non-Runner’s First Half Marathon

half marathon title“What have I gotten myself into?”  That’s the question I asked after a casual conversation about running turned into a commitment to run in a half marathon. My husband and I were at a party when some friends convinced us we should all do an upcoming half marathon together. Somehow, we all thought that was a fantastic idea and agreed right then and there.  Well, my husband had already completed two full marathons, so it wasn’t a big deal to him. I, on the other hand, was not entirely convinced.

I am not kidding when I say the day after the party, I immediately started training. I had 20 weeks to prepare and I didn’t want to waste one day for fear I wouldn’t be ready. I looked up a training schedule and got to work.  I never considered myself a runner. I love dance and fitness, but always looked at running as something to “hurry and get over with,” so I could move on to the next thing.  But, I must admit I admired my runner friends and I loved seeing all their race posts on social media. Running a long distance seemed like a very ambitious goal, and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to do it, but I decided to give a try anyway.

During the course of the next few months, I expected physical changes, but I ended up with much more. That first training run began an emotional and spiritual journey that led to some important lessons that had everything and nothing to do with running. Continue reading “Life Lessons from a Non-Runner’s First Half Marathon”