For a year, I’ve been dreaming about it. For 9 months I’ve been training for it. For a little under 5 months I raced for it. And this weekend I officially finished it.
There is no better way to see Austin than through the Austin Distance Challenge. I ran all around town, uphill and down, through heat and freezing wind, and with the best cheering team a city could have. I am so thankful I took the risk and signed up for this now. It really was the best way to say farewell to this city.
From October 2012 through February 2013, I raced a total of 87.2 miles in 16:07:54 hours, finishing 14th place in my age group.
By the end, I was doubting I could finish. I was terrified of NOT finishing. There is nothing better than a huge physical challenge to test your mental and spiritual capacity. Running has always been more about being fit to me, and this challenge was definitely a battle I am proud to have won.
All 6 race recaps can be found here:
- Uptown Classic 10K
- Run for the Water 10 mile
- Decker Challenge Half Marathon
- 3M Half Marathon
- Rogue 30K
- Livestrong Austin Marathon
“Run now don’t you look back/Run towards the light straight ahead/Where the lost souls make a beautiful sound/And new life is finally found/Run”