It's been a bit of time since I last posted about a checked off item on my 100 in 365 list. I've crossed off quite a few-- books, mostly. I went to a bridal show (more about that later), and I ran an 8k.
I ran an 8k. Let me put some more emphasis on that. I ran an 8k. You might remember that my friend Ashley and I walked the Baltimore Half-Marathon in October when I was able to cross off #24 from my list. (There's some photographic evidence to the right if you need it! Look at how short my hair was in October!)
Afterwards, we both realized that we liked it so much, we wanted to try to actually run it. We didn't think we had enough time to train for a full-fledged half-marathon since both of our guys were coming home for R&R at different times over the winter. But an 8k? That sounded do-able!
I have to confess, my "training" for the run wasn't very disciplined. I let myself make excuses way too often because I was just being lazy or grumpy or sad. Or all three.
When I finished, my time wasn't at all what I'd ever want it to be. There were fourth graders who were passing us like it was their job. It started raining the minute we finished-- by the time we got to the car we were drenched and shivering-- and I hobbled around like an old lady for the next day-and-a-half.
I ran an 8k. I didn't give up. It's the furthest I've ever run consecutively, without stopping or wussing out in my entire life. And that is pretty exciting.