Today I finished a goal that I set five months ago. I ran the Soldier Field 10 Mile. When I signed up for the run, I estimated my time would be two hours. A few weeks ago I adjusted my goal, thinking I might be able to finish it at a 10-minute-mile pace. I cross the line at 1:38:25, for a pace of 9:51 per mile.
Less than one year ago I ran my first 5K. It was the Race for the Cure in Moline, and I finished it at a 12-minute-mile pace. I could only jog the first two miles, and had to walk most of the third. Today I only paused for a few seconds to take a picture of the most beautiful skyline in the world.