On June 2, I ran my first 10k. I can’t quite go on and on about how I’ve never run that far before, because, well, that’s just not true. I ran 7+ miles during my overnight run when I ran the SoCal Ragnar Relay in April.
Even so, finishing this race was a big deal for me and was one of the most fun running experiences I’ve ever had. Ragnar was amazing. Finishing my first ever 5k was amazing. Running the bridges in Portland with my running buddy is amazing. But there was something about the setting, the location, the distance (I can run 6 miles! Twice! I remember when just ONE was a big deal!), and the support of the running community at-large, my Ragnar sisters, and Chris being there in support as well — it was just an intersection of beauty, goals, travel, love, friends, and endorphins, and well, it was one of my favorite weekends ever.
I don’t have it in me to get in to the details of the whole thing (besides, this was nearly 6 weeks ago and I have lots of other stuff to catch you up on!), but suffice it to say, there are a few key takeaways:
- We are all way more competent and able than we often give ourselves credit for. Seriously, we can accomplish amazing things with a little training and a lot of prioritizing.
- A supportive community goes a long way, and runners are amazing people.
- Supportive friends go even further, like all the way to Port Angeles, Washington.
- Honeybadgers are for life.