Mind Over Matter

I did it: I ran the full five miles from my parent’s house to my sister’s house without walking. AND I did it in under an hour – 58 minutes.

It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure. From the start, I felt tired and unsure of myself, but I wanted so badly to be able to make it that I pressed on. I was pretty sure that my body would be able to do it if my mind let me.

The flatness of this route (in Western New York where I grew up) was a huge – and welcome – difference to the hills in most of my routes in Western Pennsylvania, where I currently live. What’s funny is that this 5-mile route had just two hills, and even though neither of them were as steep or long as what I’m used to, these were more like valleys, with the downhill first. That threw me off. I really had to try to build up momentum on the downhill for the hill, whereas I usually use downhills for recovery. I wasn’t used to that.

I knew the route pretty well, though I’ve only ever driven it before. I knew that I would be turning off the main road at a Burger King, and that my sister’s house would be soon after that, with maybe only a mile to go.

I had never been so happy to see a Burger King in my life.

When I hit the BK and realized that I wasn’t that much further and still hadn’t stopped to walk, I knew I would make it. When I turned into my sister’s driveway, I felt such a sense of accomplishment that I damn near cried.

It was an incredible feeling.

Even though I wasn’t sure I could do it, I was sure I could do it, if you know what I mean. And now that I’ve done it once, I no longer have to wonder if I’m capable of it.


And there’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to do it again and again.


Incidentally, thank you all for your encouragement! It means a lot to me and helped me accomplish this feat. You guys rock :)

10 Responses to “Mind Over Matter”

  1. Jessica Says:

    Congrats! I had no doubt that you could do it.

  2. Sarah Says:

    Way to go!!!! You rock!

  3. Mala Says:

    BEAST!! Your hard work paid off.

  4. South Beach Steve Says:

    I am really proud of you – this is awesome!!

  5. bodybypizza Says:

    Awesome! At this point, distance jogs are more mental than physical I think. I mean, really. if you can jog 4.5 miles, you can jog 5. And if you can jog 5, you can jog 6.2. :)

  6. Kat Says:

    Woo hoo! I knew you could do it too! Congratulations.

  7. Lori (Finding Radiance) Says:

    Great job! That is a super run and a great time!

  8. craigversion2 Says:

    I'm a little late in replying but I'm so glad you were able to get this done!! I was wondered how your “letter” ended up! You should be so proud–I know we, your readers, are! :)

  9. josie (35andshrinking) Says:

    Wow, that's awesome!!! Congrats on DOING it!!!

  10. josie (35andshrinking) Says:

    Wow, that's awesome!!! Congrats on DOING it!!!