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Did you know you are capable of more than you think? You are.
I never used to think I was capable of much. I knew I was good in school and things like that, but never set many lofty goals for myself. I always viewed myself as no one special from nowhere special.
I guess it was about the time I married my husband I began to realize there was more to me than I had ever given myself credit for. Little by little I started stretching, reaching, stepping out of my comfort zone a little.
Running was the first area I experimented with. I was NEVER a runner. In school when they had us run the mile I had to walk most of it. I just never thought I could. It wasn’t me, it wasn’t included in how I viewed myself.
I. Was. Not. A. Runner.
I had been playing at running on my treadmill and although I ran slowly I could run a mile or so. So, I set a goal. Actually my sister set me a goal. I had mentioned to her I might like to try a race…she emailed me and told me we were running a 5k and I’d better get training!
I set my little research-loving self to work finding a training plan online. I trained. I ran a 5k. The entire race I was telling myself in my head that I couldn’t do this. But I did it. Ran the whole thing! I was elated at the end.
I had set a goal and killed it. A fire ignited in me that day. I realized that I am capable of far more than I’d ever imagined.
Since that time I dabbled in some really tough workout DVDs just to prove I could workout HARD. And, yes, I can do that too. Each new challenge brought more confidence in my abilities.
Then, last year I had my craziest idea yet. “I want to run a marathon.” I said to myself.
“Say what?!” I replied back to myself.
Again I utilized my love of research. I scavenged the net for training plans for beginning marathoners. I went to the library and checked out every book they had on running marathons. Now, jumping from a 5k to a marathon is sort of crazy and I don’t recommend. But for me, it was something I needed to prove to myself.
I researched and researched, I bet I read 15 books on training! Then, I found a marathon in Colorado! I started training.
“What the heck do you think you’re doing?! You can’t run 26.2 miles?! You aren’t a real runner! Chicks that weigh 185 lbs do NOT run marathons!” my head kept telling me.
But I kept training.
Up and down the road I ran. I signed up for my race. I kept training. Each new long run was uncharted territory.
Could I run 6 miles? 8 miles? 10 miles? When I got to 20 miles I just knew I couldn’t. But I did.
I had some ups and downs in my training, hurt my hip, overtrained, learned tons, and ran my race.
And no one can take that away from me. I. RAN. A. Marathon.
Since then this fire has spread to other areas of my life.
It’s new and foreign, but I embrace it. Don’t let that naggy voice in your head hold you back. You really can do anything.
I know we hear that all the time. But do you believe it? You should.