“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”
-Frank A Clark
My goal for myself last year was to run a half marathon. Inspired by all the runners in the blog world, watching the biggest loser and seeing them run a half then complete a full marathon, seeing my boyfriend’s parents excitement as they told me about their upcoming marathon. I knew I wanted to do a half.
I completed my very first 10k last April. Feeling overjoyed I decided to take the next step and sign up for the Hampton’s Half in September 2009. As the months passed and the half marathon drew near I started panicking. I just don’t think i’m meant to be a runner. I’ve never been good at running, why all of a sudden could I do it now? 13.1 miles is further than anything I ever dreamed of. With a month left until the half marathon I pulled my hamstring. To be honest, I was relieved. Now I had a legitimate excuse not to run. I didn’t have to be embarrassed when I couldn’t finish, I could simply explain that I had hurt myself and could no longer participate. It was like a weight had been taken off of my shoulders.
Fast forward to 2010. A new year, new goals, and new outlook.
I CAN do anything, your body is capable of amazing things. My attitude changed. I signed up for the DC Cherry Blossom 10 miler with a group of friends knowing that I couldn’t back out with all of them right beside me. While training for the 10 miler I was injured twice. I sprained my knee over New Years after a skiing accident and couldn’t run for a month. A few months later I had somehow hurt my tendon in my foot and couldn’t run for 3 weeks. The thought of using it as an excuse that I wouldn’t be able to run came across my mind and I quickly shoved it away.
Sometimes we are scared of what we are actually capable of. We are scared to succeed because there is that slight possibility of us failing. We don’t push ourselves to the limits, we go to where we are comfortable and leave it there.
I finished the Cherry blossom 10 miler. The furthest i’ve ever run, a distance I never would have thought was attainable.
I’m signed up for the Baltimore 10 miler in June.
I’m signing up for the Philadelphia Rock n Roll Half Marathon Sept 19, and I’m going to reach my goal.
Choose what you want to do, and don’t stop until you get there. You are amazing beyond your wildest dreams.