When you look back on your life, what will you see? Will you see the person you wanted to be?
I did not start running until I was in my forties after losing well over 100 pounds. I ran my first half marathon in well over three hours, battling a knee injury that would force me to walk after mile three, but I DID IT. At age 45, I ran my first marathon. The cut off time was 5:30, and I was nervous, being a slower runner, but I DID IT. Then one of my run family members introduced me to trail running, and I was reborn. Who would have thought this city girl would be out playing in the mud, tiptoeing over roots and rocks, running in snow and rain, enjoying wildlife, and camping - yes, I said camping. In the following few years, I would expand my distance and run several 50K trail races.
In 2017, I signed up for a 100-mile race. Training would challenge me in new ways physically, but even more mentally. When race time came, I already had in my head that I was not ready to complete the 100-miler, so I dropped to the 100K. I would complete the first loop of 22 miles and then stop, telling myself that I was dehydrated and did not want to risk getting seriously sick (something that had happened a couple of times on prior runs). I would later come to realize how much my mindset contributed to my not finishing this race. Leaving with a DNF (did not finish) was humiliating, but I kept trying to convince myself I was dehydrated, and it was for my own health.
Over the course of the next year, I would barely run. I was busy at work and taking care of family, but my fire was not gone. I needed to know that I could do this, so on January 1, 2019, I registered for Javelina Jundred. I signed up for the 100K, knowing that the training schedule for this distance would be all I could do, but I was determined.
Fast forward to race day. I had already made the decision I was going to finish. My mindset was totally different. I learned a lot from the last attempt and had trained much smarter, fueled much better, and was ready mentally to push through. One of the most important decisions I made was the decision that no negative words would come out of my mouth during this race. We were all going to experience soreness, pain, fatigue, stomach issues, etc. I was not going to complain even once. That one decision changed my entire race. No matter where I was or what I was feeling, I was positive. And, I DID IT!!!
I tell you this because it is important for you to know that your mindset and your words have a profound impact on your ability to DO IT. Decide today to only speak positive words. At the end of the day, take note of how your day went. I challenge you to do this and not have it impact your day.
Look back on your life and be able to say, “I DID IT!”
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