Magical Journey to my 80th Half Marathon

As runners, we all have dreams, we have personal goals.

On a daily basis, we train hard for that one particular goal. Sometimes we get there, but sometimes we don’t.

A year ago, I reached my lifetime 50th half marathon. At that point, I thought…that’s enough. Then I thought to myself, just one more. Well, that one more has continued to lead to another, until yesterday when I completed my 80th half.

Over the past year, my body and mind have told me to take a break, and my family says I should take a break. Maybe it is my own stubborn nature that has told me to push the envelope. Without intentionally knowing, week after week, month after month, I have accomplished my goal for 2015 in terms of half marathons completed.

Sometimes, even I don’t know how I’ve done it. Each race completed has had its challenges, and behind each and every one of those races and medals were lots of blood, sweat and tears.

In order to pursue a dream or a lofty goal, I think we all have to believe in ourselves and invest the right amount of energy, effort and determination to get there.

My parents have always instilled in me the discipline of hard work. To get from A to B, it is not a straight line. We may encounter lots of uncertainties, self -doubts, and at times road-blocks. But with perseverance, we will eventually get somewhere!

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For my 80th half marathon yesterday, I ran the Bellingham Bay Half in Washington. It was a beautiful crisp fall morning.

I ran the inaugural race back in 2007! It was a different route back then, but some parts of the course yesterday remained the same. I hate to compare what I did back then to now…but 8 years later, I have become, well, slower! 🙂

There were close to 1500 half runners, and this was a very well organized race. There was also a full marathon, a 10 KM, and a 5 KM race. Lots of volunteers, and lots of spectators came out. Free cookies and chips were offered by some families along the course.

The view by Fairhaven was simply spectacular. Yesterday, the reflections on the water was just gorgeous. The course went along the roads, gravel trails and then back onto the roads. This course had a fair amount of hills as well. I was tired yesterday and I knew I should have taken a break from my training (but I didn’t!), so the race felt hard for me especially on the uphill part.

We got a beautiful finisher medal, a beautiful shirt, and a nice water-bottle.

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I wouldn’t have made it to this point in my running career without the community support of my fellow half fanatics. They are truly inspirational, and I am so glad to be a part of this family!

A lot of people always tell me not to look back, but to look forward. However, I think reflecting on how far you have come will help propel you to where you want to go, so in conclusion, dare to dream!

A lifetime of opportunities is waiting for each and every one of us! Go make it beautiful!

pre-race shot

pre-race shot

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hard earned finisher medal

hard earned finisher medal

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