You know that thing you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do it.
I signed up for a marathon, guys.
Not any kind of marathon. But a 12k. That’s precisely 7.46 miles!
Oh and did I mention this is happening in 4 weeks?! July 14th to be exact. I’ll be running the Across The Bay 12k that starts in Sausalito, running across the Golden Gate Bridge and ending in Aquatic Park.
Let me start by saying that I’ve never been a runner. Ever. I would be that person who would get winded after running for 3 minutes and would have to stop and take a break. I enjoy Soul Cycle and Weight Training but running has always been a challenge for me. The long distance aspect of it has always been hard. Even as a child, running track in school was always a no-go for me. Sprint or relay, I can do no problem, but running long distance I’ve always sucked at. Big time!
But then I asked myself….do I really suck at running or is it all in my head? Do I suck at running because this is the story I’ve been telling myself my whole life? What if instead of telling myself I’m bad at running, I rewire my brain to believe that I am capable of running a marathon and that I am good at it?
I mean, people do it all time. People in worse physical condition than me, older than me, battling illnesses I don’t have and quite possibly have a thousand more excuses than me and yet, they are running marathons.
So I’ve decided that I’m going to mind over matter this thing! It’s going to be hard as shit but damnit if my body can make two babies and delivered both of them via C-section, I can run a 12k marathon! Of course I have to train for it and of course I need a plan of action. But I will do it.
This is completely unnatural for me because in the past I would let doubt creep in and stop me from doing the one thing I really want to do. Like run a marathon. But life is too short and I am not getting any younger so I have to push myself to do this. Or try at least. What’s the worst that could happen?
I’m not trying to beat a record, or complete it in X amount of time. My goal is to simply cross that finish line because a 12k in 1 hour is the same distance as a 12k in 2 hours.
At the beginning of the year, I wrote down a list of things I wanted to accomplish this year. Some are big lofty goals and some are really ambitious scary ones like this. I wrote down that in 6 months I would run a 10k. Well, I won’t be running a 10k but a 12k instead!
Wish me luck!
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.