Yes, I really ran 18 Miles all at once! I know, I know… I can hardly believe it myself, but believe it or not it was actually not all that bad.
My morning started out with my alarm clock going off at 5:00 a.m. I got up took a shower and tried to get down some toast but due to my nerves and the early morning hours I just could not stomach it. By 6:00 a.m. I was off to pick up my amazing running friend Trudie. As we made the drive to Seaside to run the Monterey Costal Trail my anxiety was increasing. I knew that I need to defeat my nerves and not let them get the best of me but my mind was racing. Not only was I about to attempt to run 18 miles but it was also moving day and being the control freak that I am this was not an easy thing for me to step away from. As we arrived in Seaside and parked the car in the Costco parking lot we quickly meet up with our Team. Luckily there was not a lot of waiting around before I took off on my run. Within the first five minutes of our run I came across the most beautiful wooden cross in the sand along the costal trail. I had to take a moment to pause in prayer and I knew instantly that God was with me and that I could do anything through him. My mindset instantly turned around and the cross inspired me throughout my 18 miles.
My run was amazing. We started at the Costco in Seaside and we ran the coastal trail to Monterey, through Canary Row and past Lover’s Point. When I reached the half way point I had a moment of weakness, typically when I get to this point I get a race of adrenaline but on this day I was questioning my ability to run another 9 miles. Between mile 9 and 10 I had to work extra hard to get my mind back where it need to be and the vision of the cross that I had seen first thing in my run helped me to do that. Once I regained my focus I enjoyed the remaining miles. I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined running for 18 miles on purpose but it honestly was an amazing experience. The biggest challenge for me has been my mental mindset and often I am my own worst enemy. My next run will be 20 miles, and that will be the longest distance that I will go before my full marathon in Seattle which is 26.2 miles.
Praise to the Cross