Six months working towards this.
I have now achieved my first half marathon.
The route took us through the city then out to the residential red zone. The quietness of the Avonside area was eerie.
My devotional reading this night before the run included this passage:
"Even youths grow tired and weary" - I've been feeling that a lot so far this year. The background tension that's been building up in me I'm only now starting to learn how to let go. Letting go of that tension means learning more how to trust.
Running has helped with this. As I run, I find a rhythm and pace I can maintain, and strangely enough it helps my brain to relax. Sometimes I can pray as I run, more I just focus on the moment, take each step, each stride, each pace as it comes.
I'm not quite at the "run and not grow weary" stage. My legs are certainly telling me all about it the day after! But I feel good that I've achieved my goal.
I can do this.
(If you are really interested, my official results are here)