Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Things I Never Thought I'd Do: Part 1

Part 1 of my "things I never thought I'd do" involves running.

I've been working my way up in mileage, with a goal of being able to run 4 solid miles by my Urbanathlon in a month.  I've been stuck at the 2.5 mile mark for about a month now.  Well, last night I made up my mind that if I could do 2.5, then I could do 3. And I did.

It was really a matter of putting my mind to it, and not quitting.  I had to get through the last half mile repeating things in my head like "You CAN do this." And "there is no reason for you to stop".

Part of the reason I had to make myself get through that barrier is because of this:
Yes, that's my registration confirmation for the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in Washington, DC this March!
Seriously.  Me - a half marathon.  13.1 miles of running.  This is craziness.  But, I've been so motivated with the urbanathlon training, and now I actually {gasp} enjoy running - so I figure this is the perfect challenge!  I have some awesomely motivating girls doing this alongside me (who are more experienced runners, too!) -and I'm really excited!
I think this quote here really sums up each and every exercise I do now.
I used to be content to give up when I thought I was a little tired, but now I know how much better it feels to keep pushing and to surpass my expectations of how far I can go and how many reps of an exercise I can complete.  Finishing is better than quitting.
Come back later this week when I reveal the 2nd thing I never thought I'd do!!

1 comment:

  1. It's amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it! Great Job!!