500 miles! I can’t believe I hit 500 miles! If you had asked me a few years ago if I would ever run that much in my life I would have laughed.
I never considered myself a runner. During high school sport practices (I played softball and volleyball) I always dreaded the running drill days. Soccer players and track stars boggled my mind.
I can’t remember what it was that made me decide to go outside for a run one day during my senior year of college, but I went. And I ran. I didn’t run far. To be honest, I probably didn’t even make it a mile, but I started running more and more – little runs, baby runs, but runs nonetheless.
Then, for my birthday, my boyfriend bought me some baller running shoes. They were Nike ID’s – all orange and blue (Go Syracuse!) with a little pink. They had my name on the side and a GPS running tracker in the sole. And that was that. Suddenly, I had these nice shoes, and I considered myself a runner.
I started using the tracker to push me a little further. Soon, I could go a mile, then two without stopping.
That summer, I started going on weekly runs with a friend from high school. He had attended the Citadel, a military college, and was in tip-top shape. He could just run and run and run for miles. By the time I was done with mile 2, he’d have run 4.
After one particularly brutal run, I asked him with winded breath “How do you it? I can’t seem to get past 2 miles.”
I’ll never forget his response:
“When you think you have to quit, just keep going.”
And so I did. Our next run together, I hit the two-mile mark and told myself, “Just keep going.” I ran 3.5 miles that day. That run proved to me that the human body can do anything; you just have to get your mind to believe it.
I would have never thought that less than two years later I’d be running a half marathon or that another year down the road I’d have culminated over 500 miles on Nike+.
I am so thankful to that first pair of shoes and for my fit and focused friend. Without those two things, I may have never discovered a passion for running.
With my sights set on running the Walt Disney Marathon (hopefully in 2014), here’s to putting another 500 into the pavement.
Whether you’re a runner, crossfit-er, swimmer, or yogi, if you have any sort of fitness or weight related goal, whenever you feel discouraged or like you’re about to quit, just remember to keep going.