As most of you know, I have been training for a half marathon. I can’t believe I’m saying this but it’s been probably one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. It’s a true example of if you follow the plan, you will see results. I’m honestly amazed at how strong my body has gotten and how determined I am to make this happen.
Is the training hard? Of course! There are days when all I want to do is sit on the couch or
lay in bed but instead I look at that schedule taped on my wall and do the workout that’s listed. I don’t always do them in the order or day suggested but you better believe it happens.
I’ve done training for runs before (nothing at this distance) and there’s always been a point where I think I can’t do it anymore, stopped training and put limits on how far I thought I could go. When I look back to those times, I’ve been trying to figure out what has been the difference this time. What has enabled me to go past what “I thought” was my limit?
Here’s the difference: I’ve put ZERO limits on what I can do.
None of these phrases have come out of my mouth this time:
“This is impossible.”
“I can’t do this.”
“I don’t have time for this run.”
“I’ll stop at 6 miles and call it good.”
“I’m tired. I deserve to skip a workout.”
“My legs are sore. I better slow down.”
“It’s too windy out today. It’s raining. It’s cold.”
I’ve given nothing but positive self-talk the WHOLE TIME. When I run, I think about every little girl/boy that has been told they couldn’t do something. I think about my younger self who struggled running 3 miles in track practice. I think about people that don’t have the ability to run due to illness, injury or impediment. I think about the fact that someday I may not be able to run.
With every mile, I tell myself, “You do this.” It’s almost as if I’m the little engine that could saying, “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” I knew I could.
You are only limited by what you think are your limits. My philosophy? Make your life limitless! What would you do if you didn’t have limits?