💻 Founder, CEO @ Tendigi.
🗽 Native New Yorker.
📷 Amateur photographer.
🎸 Ok guitar player. (@solo.soto)
Running has never been an easy thing for me. In fact, for a VERY long time, I despised everything about it. The heavy breathing, the sweat, the sudden awareness of my physical and mental weakness was too difficult face. Why bother? Well, it all comes down to one thing for me — perseverance.
This weekend I traveled to California for a very beautiful wedding in Boedga Bay and since marathon training never stops, I ended up running on two days. One day included a 5 mile run on the treacherous and very hilly pacific coast highway (pro tip: be very careful running on the highway). The very next day was even tougher. A 10 mile trail run in Bodega Bay. This run featured absolutely zero shade, wild critters scurrying beneath my feet, and vultures circling above my head. I'm not used to solo trail running and after 1 mile of running, I realized this was going to be totally different. Around the 3rd mile, the incredibly steep hills were getting to me. My legs were burning and for a few minutes, I thought to myself, eh maybe we can skip this run today. Turn it in early.
I'm not sure what happened, but I kept going and around mile 6, I figured - It's only 4 more? So I guzzled a power gel and pushed through. I was reminded that 1) this marathon ain't gonna run itself and 2) preservering against the odds is why I do this. To prove to myself that I can do this.
This was by far, one of the most difficult training runs I've done and I'm glad I finished it. Big thanks to @bevthe3rd for the photo and for cheering me on as I completed the 6 loop / 10 mile / ~1000ft+ elevation change course.