This is why:
This was me at the end, fingers frozen like Popsicles, feet numb like nubs.
You can see it, right? That smile is the look of accomplishment, of "Holy hell, I just did that. And I did FINE!"
The idea of running Living History Farms each year scares me to death. Seven miles of running, NINE creeks to cross. Many hills to climb. Lots of mud. 8,000 other runners - many in costume and whooping and hollering.
This was the second time I've run it.
I enjoyed this time more than the first, I think. It felt, somehow, easier. Somehow, I was tired at the end but not at exhaustion. Never did I think, "I can't finish."
Instead, I dove straight into that frigid water up to my thighs at some points and trudged across those creeks. I let complete strangers help me up the muddy embankments a couple times.
I did it.
Just do it - the Nike slogan - used to be one of my mantras during my jock-ish years of jr. high and high school.
I think it's one we can live by our whole lives.
Check out these legs:
Now, who wants to run with me next year?