Last month I had the pleasure of participating in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco, California. Growing up, I always had the dream of running in the Nike Women’s half marathon after learning you were given a Tiffany’s necklace at the finish line. Being a young lady who wasn’t able to afford anything from Tiffany’s, this seemed like the ultimate way to obtain it. Run a little. Get a reward in that infamous little robin’s egg blue box. It was perfect!
After training for months on end, day after day, the weekend finally came! I have a friend who lives in San Francisco, so in addition to running with me, I had a place to stay and my own personal tour guide!
I love running, but I didn’t realize how many women love running just as much as I do, if not more. I have days where I hate it and I don’t want to lace up my shoes and step on the treadmill, but I also have days where I can’t imagine where I’d be without it. There’s something beautiful about pushing your body to the limit and giving yourself that time to let your mind wander.
I can resolve any issue during a run. Whether it’s a day-to-day problem or a full-blown issue, I gain perspective and have time to think. I eat better because of running. I know what I need to cut out of my diet and what I need to add to it and when. My clothes fit better. I think clearer. I’m happier.
So when 26,000 women gather for a race, you can imagine the type of energy in that space! They’ve all been counting down the days on their training plans, skipping late nights for early morning runs and fueling up with the healthiest foods to keep them in prime race condition.
Overall, the race was one of the most mentally, physically and emotionally trying experiences of my life! The powerful feeling after crossing the finish line was enough to make me realize how resilient and invincible I can be. I realized that I have power within me and the potential to rise to any occasion.
Empower yourself. If you haven’t participated in a race, I highly recommend starting off with a mile walk/run or 5k race and then challenging yourself for a further distance. Join the fun with a racing buddy and start your own running revolution!