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Make Running an Enjoyable Experience

I am currently training for a half marathon—–something to cross off the “bucket list”.  I am by no means built like your average long distance runner—-I am 5’9″ and weigh 170 lbs., and roughly 20% body fat.  My times are slower than most runners—-about a 9 1/2-11 minute mile depending on the distance.  Every Sunday is my long run during this training regimen.  I was mentally prepared ahead of time to run my 4 miles.  I started out just fine, but by mile 2 I was telling myself “I have 2 more miles to go, imagine 11.1 more miles!!”  Then begins the “how can I do this?” and “what have I got myself into?”.  In that moment I caught myself and changed my way of thinking right away.  I started by concentrating on my breathing, and calming down.  I realized that this half marathon is not about the time I complete it in, or beating the person in front of me.  My only goal for this competition is to finish it, and


accomplish something I never thought I could.  Running should be about enjoying and taking in the scenery all around you.  There are so many smells of flowers in the air, animals crossing your path, and just the sheer beauty of all that God has put on this earth.  So from now on—-running will be an enjoyable experience for me and not a chore.

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