Ok, I'll be honest: this will probably not happen while I'm 23. But I'd like for it to happen when I'm 24. And that's ok. Part of this blog, these goals, is learning to be flexible but continuing to strive (a life lesson that I could use throughout all areas of my life).
I am still running though and Ben and I are signed up to do a 10k in mid-October. (If you're in DC and you're interested, let me know!) I'm also thinking about doing a 15k in December which would be 9 miles and a friend and I did do the Cherry Blossom 10 miler this spring which I would like to do again next year (and may have convinced Ben to run it with me).
But I think back to summer 2010. I was living in Chicago, I was not accustomed to running, and I made the decision to make it happen. My goal: get to the point where I could easily run 3 miles, a few times a week. I'm not going to say I'm THERE, because I don't always do it. But, I can. And Ben and I have been running together which is really awesome. This morning, for example, we ran about 4 miles (with a block of walking in the middle thanks to me feeling a little winded- again, flexible). I've come a long way from those 1 mile runs in Chicago last summer, and for that, I am grateful.
Considering I am very low on money these days, running is beautiful because it's free. And I definitely benefit from the outdoor time- I'll also be biking to work, which is a great way to save money and spend more time outside!
I'm keeping the goal of running a half marathon though- next year!