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I’m Running a (Half) Marathon!

Sometimes an extra dose of crazy is just what it takes to make the first dose of crazy manageable. When I decided to run a half marathon this spring, I knew it would be coming right on the heels of Yarnia’s big move, right as I’m entering my busy planning season for the Urban Craft Uprising summer show, and that even though I signed up for the challenge with two of my friends, I knew that with my busy schedule, I’d be doing nearly all my training by myself, at random hours of my work days when I could fit them in.

But as soon as I made the decision, I realized that in fact this was the season to take on such an endeavor. My work stresses and successes are what motivate me through so many hurdles and what echoes through my mind to help push me up that hill; and sprinkling the phrase “I ran eleven miles this morning” into various Friday conversations has been just the reminder I need that I’m hard core enough to orchestrate all the other feats I am pulling off this spring. These two intense challenges form the perfect symbiotic and perpetual circle of motivation.

And all of a sudden…it’s here. Next Sunday (May 18th) I’ll be running 13.1 miles in the Portland Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon! It’s crazy, I know. I’ve never done this before…and probably will never do it again.

And of course, I couldn’t help but be as methodical and strategic about my race experience as I am about everything else in my life. As I’ve been training over the past 4 months, I’ve curated quite the spectacular Spotify playlist, that I will be listening to while I run. There are a handful of special people in my life who hold a special place in this playlist because they are inextricably connected to one of my power songs — whether it be from a memory we share, a song that reminds them of how they inspire me, or because both they and that song both make me happy, and that’s what keeps me running! I’ve emailed each of these people the link to my playlist, told them their song, and at what mile they’ll be running with me (based on my goal race pace, of course!)

Of course, some in-person cheering and support would be ideal, (and here is a link to the course and race info for anyone here in town who wants to come out and cheer me on!) but since many of you are faraway friends, I figure that if you want to listen along on the race day and be thinking about me while I’m thinking about you, that’s essentially the same thing 😉 Race starts at 8:00 a.m. PST. Hit play at the third roar…you know how it goes.

Often in my long runs I get to the point where, right when I think I’m at the end of my limit, I see that I still have 4 miles left. The concept of 4 more miles (or as it loosely translates in my mind, 40 more minutes) seems imperceptible at that point, but I also know I’m not totally spent, so instead of trying to wrap my head around it, I just remind myself, The only thing you have to do right now is not stop running.  And it works every time!

So, here’s to setting goals, pushing yourself, and taking it one step at a time!





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