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Running: Mind over Matter

Last year at about this time, I made my mind up for to run my first half marathon. 13.1 miles; just so I could say I’d done it. My friend told me afterwards, “I guess you’ll be running the full marathon next year.”

Trust me, I had no want to run 26.2 miles. Heck, I hardly wanted to ever run 13.1 miles…you know, ever again.

But I’m a glutton for punishment and I found myself signing up for the half marathon yet again.

And guess what! I beat last year’s time by 17 minutes and 3 seconds! And I feel so accomplished! Again, I accomplished this feat without training (I’m an athletic anomaly)!

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So of course, I’ve already starting planning out my next couple of races and goals and I’ve been completed bitten by the racing bug. Because that’s what I like: the racing but not the training.

Which got me to thinking, why do I like running? I’m not an athlete (or you know, naturally athletic)…no matter how hard I try to be. Though if there are cute clothes and accessories required, I’ll try anything once.

And I don’t do that training thing. Why train and be in pain for several weeks (or even months) leading up to the race, when you can just be in pain that one day?

I think it’s the fact that I feel like I’m accomplishing the impossible. I’m doing what no one (not even myself) thinks I can do and I love that feeling of accomplishment.

Once in high school, the track coach saw me and said to a girl on the team, “Who’s that girl? She looks like a runner.” To which the girl responded, “That’s Tiffany. I’ve known her all her life and she’s not athletic.”

So it took me a couple of years after that until I actually became a runner…but better late than never. Get excited about all the races and goals I’ve got planned for next year. There will probably be a lot for you to hear about!

Long Story Short: I ran 13.1 miles for the second time and I was better at it than last year. Looking forward to my next race!

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Tiffany

Welcome! I'm Tiffany. I'm a 27 year old country girl in the River City. I'm a proud JMU grad and a young professional. Thanks for reading Long Story Short!

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