The Newbie Runner Diaries: Appreciate the Process

Recently, a friend of mine asked me how my half marathon training was going. I told her it was going well, and we eventually got into some specifics about what my schedule of runs was like for the upcoming week.

"Tomorrow is going to be an easy day, just a 3-mile run," I said.

She cut me off before I could give her more details about the rest of the week.

"A 3-mile run is easy?" she said with a confused look on her face.

She brought up a great point, and this conversation was an eye-opener for me. A few months ago, I had never run more than a mile. Now, I was referring to 3-mile runs as "easy runs."

Initially, that simple statement had little meaning to me, but it was time for that to change. I had become so focused on my goal of finishing a half marathon for the first time that I forgot to appreciate the process I was enduring, and the progress I was making.

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Small Victories

Whether you're training for your first 5K, half marathon or marathon, crossing the finish line is sure to be a memorable experience that you'll cherish forever. But this doesn't mean there won't also be accomplishments along the way that you should be proud of.

Running three miles with ease is one of the many small victories I've learned to embrace during my training. From my first 5-mile run to the first time I surpassed the 20-mile mark in a week's worth of running, I've started to take notice of my many improvements.

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Hunter Hewitt

Hunter Hewitt is an online content editor for Active.com. As a former collegiate athlete, Hunter has always been passionate about living an active, healthy lifestyle. He enjoys running, basketball, ultimate frisbee and many other outdoor sports and activities. Follow Hunter on Twitter @HunterHewitt

Hunter Hewitt is an online content editor for Active.com. As a former collegiate athlete, Hunter has always been passionate about living an active, healthy lifestyle. He enjoys running, basketball, ultimate frisbee and many other outdoor sports and activities. Follow Hunter on Twitter @HunterHewitt

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