This is a throwback to the time that Adam and I ran a marathon together. We ran a lot together while we were dating, in preparation for a half marathon. The long runs were a fun way to get to know each other. The half marathon (13.1 miles) was the perfect distance- long enough to be challenging but not so far that it felt impossible.
The full marathon (26.2 miles) was a different story. I had tried to run one several years before meeting Adam but wasn’t able to finish it. This time, however, with our training and Adam’s encouragement, I was able to do it. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and I am very proud to say I’ve completed a full marathon.
One of the things I love most about the fact that I’ve run a full marathon is it gave me the knowledge that I can do hard things. Since we’ve been married, Adam and I have had to do a few hard things. Like facing the fact that I’ll never be pregnant. Like having our hearts broken when the foster kids we love left our home. I’m not complaining and I wouldn’t change a thing about our life together, but the fact is that sometimes it’s HARD. I love being able to think back to running that marathon, wanting to quit at the 18th mile, but knowing I went on. And then thinking to myself, if you were able to do that, you can definitely do this! I know that Adam and I can handle whatever comes our way.