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Thoughts on 13.1

How does one explain the thought process that goes into deciding to run a half marathon? With me, I don’t think there really was one.

I imagine it starts somewhere around signing up for the race. One day, I asked my friend, “Hey, do you think I could run a half marathon?” He said yes and I signed up. The thought process also probably ended there.

Signed up to run 13.1 miles, that is. Which you know requires paying money to run. Which is something you can do for free. In a less crowded place than a race. At your own pace. The sad thing is the money for me provides the motivation.

But it only provides motivation on race day. I didn’t train for this race. At all. I took a page out of Nike’s book and decided to “Just Do It.” When they say that running’s all mental, I truly believe it is.



And it was all worth the feeling of accomplishment (and awesome medal) at the end of 13.1 miles. So glad to have attempted and succeeded in doing the most physically and mentally demanding thing I’ve ever done in my life.

Long Story Short: If you want to accomplish something, just do it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever attempted or accomplished?


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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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