This morning I ran 18 miles all on my own. It was freezing out!!!! (25 degrees with 25 mile an hour wind gust I would guess). I’m so glad I didn’t look at the windchill before heading out this morning. It struck me while I was out running that I’m just out running 18 miles. No one was forcing me to. I don’t have to run a marathon. I choose to do, and I can just run 18 miles. That’s huge!!!!!!! You have to understand, I did not like running when I was a kid. I played soccer from the 3rd grade all the way through high school. Pre season conditioning was my least favorite thing to do. When we had our timed mile the first practice of the season I was the very last to finish, huffing, and puffing the whole way, and just squeaking in under the time limit. Running was not “my thing.” Now sprinting on the other hand. Well, I loved to sprint, which is why I probably spent most of my soccer career as a wing player. Set me loose and I was off. Just don’t ask me to run for long!
Flash forward to today. Today I ran 18 miles because I could, and I did it in just under 3 hours. Now that I can feel my fingers and toes again I feel pretty awesome, and a little bit sore. It’s a nice runners high. I hope it sticks around a while. If not, I’ve got a 20 mile run coming up in a two weeks :).