For some reason, writing this week’s blog was more difficult than reaching the MORE Half-Marathon Finish Line. There’s so much to say and everything seems important or funny or memorable. Maybe the most important fact is that I did it. I ran. I walked. I finished. I also chatted with two dear friends who were beside me for every one of the 13.1 miles.
Whatever the circumstance, the power of friendship can make you walk more miles and run when you want to crawl or sneak out of the race. And friendship was everywhere. Nearly 10,000 women and their supporters cheered on friends and strangers. Fast or slow, it didn’t matter because everyone got support. Pair that with a gorgeous day in Central Park, and there’s little room for negativity.
Girl Power kept me going, but it wasn’t easy. The road was long and there was “that hill.” By the way, the hill wasn’t that bad, which means people need to check out Pittsburgh’s terrain before they start whining about a slight elevation in New York City. And then there were the elite runners who whiz by as they finish their last loop, reminders that—(a) you still have another 6 miles to go and, (b) you aren’t “elite”. Thanks Speedy, you’re already faster and thinner than me, isn’t that enough?
Some people believe another half-marathon is in my future. I’m not sure about that, but I am sure I won this race. Stepping out of your comfort zone for better health and fitness makes anyone a winner. That’s pretty elite.
Nancy Berk, Ph.D. is a psychologist, humorist, and author. View an excerpt from her upcoming book, College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get Into A Great College Without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind.