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By the time you hit 40, it makes sense that you would have an achievement or two to be proud of. And indeed I do. I'm proud of the family I've helped create, some of the work I've done, the friendships I've forged. I'm also proud of several fitness-related achievements and, this week, I hope you'll indulge me as I explain.
When I was first asked to write about my proudest fitness achievement I thought, "That's easy. My marathon. I'm proudest of training for and successfully running a marathon. I worked hard for months: Created my own plan, logged many solo long runs, pushed through doubts and did it. Yep, my marathon." And, you know, I am proud of that. But, proudest? Is that my proudest fitness achievement? Hmm . . . maybe.
Or, maybe it is that second race I ran way, way back in the 1990s. See, I had run a cruddy, painful, thought-I-would-pass-out-or-vomit-or-both race in July of 1994 (I believe). Oh, it was terrible. I was under-trained and over-confident. And it was hot. I ran hard and burned out and just had the worst race ever. I crossed the finish line and thought, "Never again." A few minutes later, after refueling and calming down and realizing that I wasn't going to die I thought, "I need to do better. When's the next race?"
I found another race a few months later and I actually prepared for it. I ran well, in comparison to that first race, and it showed me that I could perform if I prepared. I am quite proud of not giving up after that first terrible race.
But, again, not sure if that is my proudest fitness achievement. I mean, I also gave up running on and off over the years before committing to it again in 2000. So maybe I'm proudest of that: Re-committing to running.
Well . . . perhaps. But, I'm proud of that sub-23 minute 5K I ran and I'm also proud of that very first 2 mile run/walk that I went on after not running for 10 months while pregnant with my first son. And there's the fact that I trained a group of new runners to run their first 5K this spring and the other fact that I'm still running at 29 weeks pregnant. I'm proud of those things to!
My proudest fitness achievement. Well, hmm . . . I can see where I'm going with this (which is a good thing, considering I'm the writer here). When I look at my fitness achievements, the one I am most proud of, my true honest-to-goodness proudest fitness achievement is being a RUNNER.
I might not have been. I might have given up so, so many times. I might not have signed up for that first race, that second race, gone on that long run, endured that speed-work. But I did and I have stuck with it and I have enjoyed the miles I have run. They haven't all been easy and, in fact, many of the miles have been tough. But I've run them and I am proud of that. Proud that I have lived up to being a runner.
My proudest fitness achievement is being a runner.
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