“I learned that finishing a marathon isn’t just an athletic achievement. It’s a state of mind that says anything is possible.” ~ Hanc
It began in the summer 2010, and I must have looked so pathetic. There I stood on the track on a hot summer morning attempting to “run” three miles. I thought I could do it, I wanted to do it, and I wanted to look good too! Lap one-DONE! Lap two-not so. As I hobbled around the track for lap two, I wanted to cry. I wanted to run, but my knee said no way. I didn’t cry though, I walked and I walked proud, on the outside anyway. You know that saying, fake it till you make it. Well, that is what I was doing.
Now it’s time for lap three. Let’s go for the run. Yep, lap three was a success until lap four came around and once again my knee shouted NO WAY!!!! All right, I guess this is how it’s going to be. I needed to complete 12 laps around the track so I was going to have run a lap and then walk a lap. So be it, and that’s what it was. After 45 minutes of walking and running I completed my three mile “run”.
While I was a bit deflated, I went back for more the next day and worked on building that stamina. Taking baby steps day-by-day, working up to running two laps and then walking one, each time increasing the amount of running laps and lessening the walking laps. I was building strength in my knees and working on endurance until finally I could fully run three miles on the track. However, once the summer ended, so did my running. My knee still bothered me from time to time so I just decided not to keep up with it.
Then the spring of 2011 rolled around and my hubby, Matt, decided he was going to run a marathon, the Bob Potts Marathon. I’m pretty sure I didn’t even really know what a marathon was. In my mind, it was just a long race. Well, it so happened that the Bob Potts Marathon was also holding a 5k race too, and both Matt and Maddie bullied encouraged me to run the 5k race. And with great reluctance, I decided to participate.
From that point on I was officially a runner. I ran a mother-daughter 5k race with Maddie and then I got bullied encouraged to run yet another race! Sometimes I think runners are part of a secret cult. Honestly, I do! I reluctantly signed up to run the Baltimore ½ marathon in October of 2011 and then I got bullied encouraged into running the Bob Potts MARATHON in the spring of 2012. That’s right, a marathon! At this point, I was well aware that a marathon is 26.2 miles. 26.2 Miles!!! Seriously??? And, once I again I reluctantly signed up for yet another race.
As I approach October of 2012, I am participating in the Baltimore Running Festival and running the ½ marathon. This time there was no bullying and no reluctance on my part. I willingly and happily signed up for the race. I even bullied encouraged a friend to join me for the adventure! So much has changed in my life since I became a runner. I would have never thought I could have accomplished the feats that I have.
Food for Thought:
What feats have you accomplished in your life? How have you
bullied encouraged someone to participate in something that brought a positive aspect to their life?