Just over ten days ago, I mentioned that my friend Erin had invited me to run 12 miles with her at a 10 something pace and that, much to my surprise and delight, I caught myself thinking that maybe I could actually do that. After one weekend of crazy weather, we finally managed to connect for the run this morning. Here’s how we did:
Mile 1: 10:29
Mile 2: 10:19
Mile 3: 10:10
Mile 4: 10:07
Mile 5: 10:07
Mile 6: 10:19
Mile 7: 10:12
Mile 8: 10:14
Mile 9: 10:10
Mile 10: 9:36
Mile 11: 10:00
Mile 12: 10:01
Our total time was 2:01:54. How’s that for an awesome run?
Hours later, I still can’t believe I posted these times for a 12-mile run. In March of 2012, I was giddy about doing 10 miles in two hours. Now I’m doing 12 miles in about the same time. I love it.
I love getting faster. I love seeing progress. I love pushing myself, which I did today, and finding myself capable of doing things I set out to do.
My favorite quote ever is this: “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” It’s attributed to Albert Einstein, and I love it so much that it lives on the home page of this blog as “Borrowed Wisdom.”
A year ago, the idea that I could do 12 miles at a 10-something pace would have been absurd to me, but I did that today. It also would have been absurd to me to think I’d be heading to Africa of all places, but I’ll be boarding a flight in less than a month. It also would have been absurd to me to think that I’d be at a place of peace about turning 40 or that I’d be experiencing more happiness and less brokenness. But I am.
So much has changed in the past year. I’m so grateful.
As I start planning for 2014, I’m determined now to think bigger than I ever have before. Bigger in terms of training goals. Bigger in terms of professional and financial goals. Bigger in terms of relational goals. Just bigger all around. More absurd all around.
I don’t have my plans pinned down, but I’m working on them. As I continue to develop them, I intend to keep today’s run in mind. I will use it to remind myself to push more and more towards the “absurd” because, as I’ve said before, my training isn’t about any particular race; it’s about my life.