Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you’re doing what is impossible. ~Saint Francis What a true statement! Once you wrap your mind around a goal that you desire to accomplish, coupled with action you can have it!
I would often get out and speed walk or hit the treadmill. In my heart I’ve always desired to become a runner. Whenever I’d try push myself to run or jog longer than a few minutes, I would tap out from exhaustion. I knew I could do better. I wanted to do better! It was necessary that I get in shape to become better.
Hearing about others running journey inspired me. I remember one day while at work, I was talking to a friend who had been running up to 6 miles! I asked him how he was able to do this long run. He looked at me and replied: “I just do it!” His simple answer revolutionized my desire! I had made up in my mind that very day, to jog 1 mile non-stop. Guess what? I did it! I actually ran 1.5 miles! After that accomplishment, I knew that I could do anything I put my mind to. I made a decision and pushed beyond my goal. Totally surprising myself! The more I ran, the better I became. Pushing myself even further. I was running up to 3 miles!
I began sharing my journey on facebook and instagram. Through sharing I began to inspire others which encouraged me all the more. After about one month into my running journey, I was asked by another friend to join her in running a half marathon. I remember immediately thinking: “She must be out of her mind asking me to do such a thing”. Next thing you know, “sure” rolled out of my mouth. Now I was thinking “What is wrong with me, I must be crazy”! LOL
We trained individually for 6 months keeping one another accountable. I partnered up with another friend who coached me to become stronger and boy did that help. My friend and I ran the 5K color run in Lansing, MI together as part of our training and made the local newspaper! I will never forget that. It was almost like God was giving us a pat on the back and encouraging us to keep at it!
Running that 13.1 miles (half-marathon) non-stop in 2.33 hours in the Detroit Free Press Run was the greatest (fitness) life changing goal I have accomplished to date! I was nervous, excited and ready all at the same time. To my surprise my family was at the finish line yelling: “Go honey, Go Mom!” With tears rolling down my face, I crossed the finish line! It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. You can do whatever you put your mind to! Just do it.