I don’t know if I have an ‘official’ bucket list. But if I do, there are two things I have removed from it this year.

The first was making a Jehovah’s Witness blush.

And the second was running a 1/2 marathon. Yep, that’s right 13.1 miles.

My cousin gave me the inspiration to run an ‘unofficial’ 1/2 marathon this year when he did so on his birthday. Since then, I have been looking for a good day to do it and yesterday seemed as good as any.

I realize at 35 there is still a few things in my life that I seek my father’s approval for, and running is one of them. My dad was down, so I thought he could share in this accomplishment if I ran it while he was down.

I also realized that 13.1 miles is about as far as I want to run right now.

I have been running for the last week or so a 7.25 mile loop. I thought to myself, I can run most of that twice and get 13.1 miles. So I did.

Prior to yesterday, 7.5 miles was my longest run of the year and 10 miles was the longest run I have ever run. I was pleased to break both of those yesterday.

As I thought through my running over the last 14 days, I see that I have logged some good miles: 42.1 miles in 5 runs. I am satisfied with that.

After I completed the run, Ronda was like are you going to run that again next week. I quickly replied no. But as I sit here and write this, I feel like running it again before the end of the year isn’t out of the question. I could do it again. Running is beginning to reclaim its place in my life as something that is valuable and must be done. For several years, running was my preferred method of therapy. Counseling gets expensive after awhile and running is cheaper. So I ran. Over the last several years, running has been there when I needed it most.

In January when I started making goals for running for this year I would have never envisioned running a 1/2 marathon this year. Now I have. And next year, won’t be safe from me challenging myself to run more than on 1/2 marathon. Beyond all my expectations, a full marathon may not be out of the question.

It’s only 26.2 miles.

That’s not that far…

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