If you would have told me 7-8 years ago that I would be training for my 1st half marathon, I would have laughed in your face and immediately come up with some sort of reason for why I couldn’t do something like that. Don’t get me wrong. I have always loved fitness and participated in quite a few sports throughout my middle school and high school days. For some reason, the thought of running 13.1 miles just seemed “untouchable”.
I went to a Women’s Power Luncheon in Cedar Rapids, Iowa about 1 1/2 years ago and listened to a speaker by the name of Traci Fenton. She is the Founder/CEO of an organization called World Blu. My work at the time had sponsored the event and wanted women in the organization to participate and support it. I was drawn to the content being presented and thought, “Why not?”
While Traci was speaking, she talked about fear. What fear does to our mind, body and spirit. She presented a concept called The Power Question. This is a question you can ask yourself when you are looking for direction, motivation or clarity on your personal and professional life.
The question was, “What would you if you weren’t afraid?” The question struck me in a way that it never had before. We were asked to write an answer down on a piece of paper and share it in front of a group. My answer was, “I would run a half marathon.” Saying it aloud held me immediately accountable. I literally read this aloud in front of over 100 people. After Traci was done speaking, she sent all of us with a piece of paper that had the power question written on it.
The reason I’m sharing this is all of us have fears when it comes to health and wellness. That’s human. But what’s holding you back from doing what your REALLY want to do? It may have taken me over a year of running shorter races but I’m doing it. I took the first step, signed up and now I’m in my 2nd week of training. It’s both exciting and scary but with every run, I can feel my body get stronger and stronger.
My challenge to you is to answer the power question for yourself. What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Write it down and tell someone. Make a goal for when you will accomplish it and don’t let FEAR get in your way. Your goal may be very different from mine and that’s ok. Whatever you want to achieve, you need to do what works best for YOU.
I’ll keep you posted on my training routine. Sometimes the hardest part is taking the first step. I hope this inspires you to take your first step.
Picture: Feeling good and happy after my 1st 3 mile training run.