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Mission Incomplete

By Rachel Leigh - bio | email

I've ran a half marathon the day after ‘spring forward', and that was rough. Running a half the day after ‘fall back' is much better. So with an extra hours sleep, I woke up Sunday ready to run in the PAL Half Marathon benefiting the Boca Raton Police Athletic League and Boca Raton Firefighter Benevolent Scholarship Fund. Party bonus: There were a lot of men in uniforms!

Now, I've been training to run my first full marathon, so this was the perfect practice run. At 6:30 a.m., the race began.

I was running without a stopwatch since someone had stolen mine, so I wasn't keeping track of the time. I, however, am good about feeling the distance I've traveled and am pretty much dead on when it comes to guessing how far I've ran. But around mile six, I felt as though I had gone further than what the signs were reading. It seemed as though it took me forever to get from mile seven to eight.

"I hate my life. Why do I run these races?" I thought. I finally came up to mile 'nine', and decided I better pace myself to finish the next four miles. I continued running at a slower speed. Then, suddenly, I was at mile 13 and crossing the finish line.

What had happened? How did I get from mile nine to 13 so fast?

Apparently, a volunteer had accidently placed the markers wrong and was going to have us run an extra two miles. Luckily, officials corrected the confusion, and I finished only having to run 13.1 miles instead of 15.1.

Therefore, when I was holding back to conserve, I should have been picking up my pace. I was so close to the end, but wasn't running at my full potential. I finished four minutes slower than my last race – 1 hour 38 minutes – because I didn't have time left to meet my goal.

It occurred to me later isn't that how people live life? Everyone thinks they have plenty of time to fulfill hopes and dreams before crossing that ultimate finish line. But not everyone lives to be 102.

So I've decided it's time to stop holding back. First, I'm eloping in Vegas with my boyfriend, and then it's off to climb Mt. Everest. Kidding dad! But there are a few things I best be getting around to doing because the end could be just around the corner.

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