We are the stories we tell. For my entire life I have told people the same story when it came to running. “I ran track in high school but never anything over a 400m, I am NOT a long distance runner.” For the last 29 years this has been my truth, and my words supported my actions.
However, during this time I’ve had a nagging desire to complete a half marathon. I even blogged about it 6 years ago hoping that would give me the needed accountability, but it didn’t change anything. It was too big, too scary, and too overwhelming for me to move forward. I was paralyzed by fear. This past weekend, after 12 weeks of training, and years of dreaming, I crossed the finish line of my first Half Marathon! In that moment I changed my story. 3 months ago I was ready to quit before I even started, but I did the work, pushed through the fear, and believed in myself in a way I’ve never really experienced.
This wouldn’t have been possible without 2 very important things: a support system and a plan. Without these my dream of finishing a half marathon would have stayed just that, a dream. Throughout this process I expected to get stronger but what I really found was a whole new perspective on life. The story I tell myself will now be filled with “why nots” instead of “I can’t.”