525,600 Minutes in a year... taken from one of my favorite Broadway show's RENT. In the last 525,600 minutes I have learned more about myself than I ever did in the last 17,344,800 minutes of my life. I chose to write my blog based on this number as opposed to saying a year, because as a runner, the minutes, even the seconds count. A minute can be the difference between a PR and being pulled from a race. A minute can stand between you and the goals you have laid out for yourself. I started these past 525,600 minutes out with some uncertainty and skepticism about whether I could actually achieve anything. These last 525,600 minutes, my goals were:
Run More: While I didn't exactly run as much as I wanted to, I did run more than I ever have before and I became more confident in just going and not relying on someone to be there with me.
Race with Purpose: in my first year of running, I wanted to have a race for every month of the year, which I did. These last 525,600 minutes, I wanted the races to count. I chose races that were charity based and would impact more than just me. I ran for my veterinarian's daughter with Leukemia, I ran in memory of my dad, and I ran in honor of myself.
Finish a Half Marathon: on November 15, 2014 I did, in 257 minutes and 30 seconds with friends patiently waiting for me at the end.
In the last 525,600 minutes, I have learned I am more than I ever thought I could be. I grew emotionally and spiritually. I made friends who lift me up instead of tear me down. I gained a confidence in myself that allows me to overcome much of the negativity that we are all surrounded by on a daily basis. I have learned to be more than Okay with who I am and to push myself outside of my comfort zone. Most importantly, in regards to RunJunkEes, I took a chance and applied to be a Sponsored Athlete. I owe this small group of people so much for helping me on my journey and to Dan for choosing me to be able to share my journey with the rest of RunJunkEes. In 525,600 minutes have made lifelong friends and felt more a part of something than I ever have. Running has given me more than my life, it has given me peace. It has allowed me to become a little less afraid of success and a little more in love with myself.
"525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear. 525,600 minutes - how do you measure,
measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In
inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In 525,600 minutes - how do you
measure a year in the life? How about love?" Seasons of Love- RENT
Run, Walk, Crawl, Just keep moving forward,