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So yesterday I ran my first half-marathon. This is simply the details about it. First off, it was windy and a bit cool (somewhere in the mid 40’s). We (my friend Rob and I) were lined up way in the back, behind roughly 10,000 folks. This made for an interesting start. Basically the first three miles were spent carefully running through and around a sea of people, most of whom it seemed were out for an easy stroll. So my fears of starting out too fast vanished quickly. The congestion eventually let up and it seemed like no time at all when I looked down at my Garmin/GPS watch and I was clicking over to 7 miles.

After passing a couple live bands, one at a church and one at some random house, I found myself at mile 9. It was about then that I felt like the finish line was pulling me in. I was motivated by the endless line of people in front of me. I guess I figured if they could get that far so could I, even though the farthest I’d run to date was 11 miles. I leaned into it, focused on the areas of my body that didn’t hurt, and took it home the best that I could.

The last mile was routed through Lambeau Field, (where the G.B. Packers play) which was really cool. It was awesome to see my mom in the crowd waving at me. All in all it was a great experience, and I’m definitely motivated to do it again. Here are my mile times according to my Garmin. I’m sure I’m more interested in them than you are but I’m gonna post them for posterity’s sake. My goal was was to average around an 8:20 min mile pace. My actual pace was 8:31 and out of 209 guys my age (35-39) I came in 70th.

Mile 1  – 9:16
Mile 2  – 8:55
Mile 3  – 8:58
Mile 4  – 8:37
Mile 5  – 8:28
Mile 6  – 8:24
Mile 7  – 8:32
Mile 8  – 8:12
Mile 9  – 8:25
Mile 10- 8:25
Mile 11- 8:04
Mile 12- 8:15
Mile 13- 8:11
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running is boring?

Anyone who has ever said that they don’t want to get into shape by running because it’s boring, has never tried it.
I’m not saying I’m the most in-shape person, or that I’m a great runner, but since I’ve been training for this half-marathon next month, I’ve learned a tiny little bit about running well.
Here’s what I’ve found – everything counts.

every step counts

how you land that step counts

how you stride though that step counts

every breath counts

every meal counts

pacing yourself counts

your posture counts

what you look at counts

what you do with your hands counts

knowing what your heart is doing counts

tracking your progress counts

– the list goes on…

Does that sound boring to you? It’s sounds intense doesn’t it? What if we lived our lives like this though? Can we afford not to really? Isn’t calling life “boring” an indication that we’ve fallen into the trap of not living well?

I believe that when we really get
that every step and breath matters,
that what we allow our minds to ingest fuels us accordingly,
that how we posture ourselves when we’re tired, and
what pace of life we take on (not too fast, not too slow) determines success or failure,
we simply cannot get bored or in a rut.
The road of life is coming at us- we have no choice in that- but we can and must make the choice as to whether or not to place importance on all the little details.

Because those details, in the long run, count for everything.