On April 18th I ran a 5K.
This is amazing because for 30 years I believed I couldn’t run. I am physically capable but I had a mental block about running.
I started to believe I could run after doing 8 weeks of Seal Fit and eating differently. Each workout of the day consisted of various exercises that included short runs. One part of a workout might be 4 sets of a 200 yard run, 20 squats, 10 mountain climbers, and 15 push ups. My endurance increased after each workout and I liked the way I felt after running.
I have a friend who trained for and completed her first half-marathon last year. She suffers with asthma but she learned to control her breathing and ran the entire race. I was inspired by her resolve not to let asthma control her.
Last fall I began using the C25K app on my smart phone with no real intentions of doing a 5K. I was so excited when I ran for eight straight minutes during the 5th week of training. Then I ran 10 minutes, then 20. The next thing I knew I wanted to run a 5K and set a goal to run one in 2015.
When I learned that Hospice of the Valley was hosting a Celebrating Life 5K I knew it was the one. I would be able to run in honor of Mom. We were blessed to have them care for my mother during her last 7 months battling COPD. They were all very special to Mom and to us.
For two weeks leading up to the race I was a bit nervous. I didn’t care about my time. I just wanted to run the entire race.
On April 18th I ran the 3.1 miles placing 81st of 120 runners.
When I thought about quitting I thought of Mom who couldn’t run. I thought about how I would feel when I finished. I thought about my husband and daughter waiting for me at the finish line.
Needless to say that was a very happy moment for me. It was exhilarating to run that race. More importantly I was excited about what it meant for me in other areas of my life.
The thing is, I can do a lot more than I think I can. My mind just has to change first.
Any deep change in how we live starts with a deep change in what we believe and how we think. The change can start with trying something new. Or experiencing a job loss or health crisis. A tragedy can spark the change. Even watching someone else change can inspire it.
Whatever that thing is you thought you could never do: try it.
Want to sing? Paint? Start a business? Write a book? Lose 50 pounds? Be a speaker?
Take a class. Get some information. Do something. Just try it. You might be amazed at what happens.
I plan on participating in the Celebrating Life 5K each year. Not only that, I’m going to run another 5K in the fall.
And I’m going to place better than 81st.