I thought some of you might find this funny. Check out these two photos.
The left is from my 1st half marathon, the 2005 Manhattan Half Marathon. At the time it was the most enormous undertaking my running had ever seen.
Previously I’d raced a lot of cross country in high school so 5k was my familiar distance. As an adult I became an average run-of-the-mill “fitness runner” who though that jumping up to 10k was really pushing it. However, I think the photo shows that all I was jumping up to do was score some donuts to stuff into my mouth.
I so hated running that race. I almost gave up at mile 9 thinking, “this running slow thing sucks. I just want to run fast for short distances.” But I stuck it out and squeaked in under my 02:00:00 goal with 01:54:24.
Almost seven years and 50 lbs. later, the photo on the right is from last year’s Falmouth Road race. I’ve chopped over 30 minutes off my half marathon time and can run a 5k within 3 minutes of my high school PR.
I like looking at these two photos. In fact, I have the one on the left framed and sitting on my trophy shelf. I have it there because I think it’s important, particularly at this time of the year with lots of marathon goals being tested, to not just focus on what’s ahead, but to also remember what you’ve left behind.