It was an early morning when I was scrolling through the CHAARG blog and stumbled upon a post written about Elisabeth Tavierne running the Chicago Marathon. In that moment, I decided I WANT TO RUN A MARATHON. Running definitely wasn’t my favorite workout but something in me wanted to run a race. Mind you, I got B’s in PE because it took me forever to run a mile.
I played around with ideas of which race I wanted to run and when. I kept psyching myself out, saying I wouldn’t be able to do it, or made some other lame excuse of why I couldn’t run it. When talking to my friends and colleagues, 98% of the time someone would say “well I’m not a runner.” That thought bothered me. Are we born as something or do we chose to not be that thing?
I finally thought to myself, how can I change my ‘I’m nots’ and ‘I can’ts’ to ‘I will be’ and ‘I’m determined to’? I’ve always feared pushing myself out of my comfort zone, but at the end of the day what do I have to lose? We aren’t born as athlete, yogis, painters, or anything at all, really, but we can build ourselves to be what we want to be.
After all the questioning, I am proud to announce that I am officially running the Chicago Rock and Roll Half Marathon in July. I have been training for months, but it’s officially crack down time, and I want to bring my readers along for this crazy ride. It hasn’t been an easy one, but I am determined to finish.
Over the past few months, I have been training through a custom running program. It is a mixture of running three times a week, taking SoulCycle classes, and doing lots of yoga! I want to bring my readers along as an accountability check. If I post it on the internet, it’s legit, right? That’s how this works?
I am not the fastest runner or the strongest person, and 98% of the time I don’t know what I’m doing, but I just run and hope for the best. With this post, I hope to inspire at least one person to turn something they think they are not into an ‘I am’.
So if you follow me on any form of social media, or know me personally, ask me how my training is going, if I’ve been getting enough carbs, or how much water I’ve been drinking that day. I need the push!
What is something you’ve psyched yourself out from doing? This is your sign to go out and conquer that thing.
If anyone is running any of the Rock and Roll races in Chicago, let me know! I would love to cheer you on!
Catch ya at the end of the finish line,
Photo courtesy of Marin Scott