“It’s the lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges and I believed in myself.”
The highly anticipated race day is finally a thing of the past! After months of running endless miles and building enough courage, I can successfully say I have completed my first half marathon and checked it off my bucket list.
As I’ve stated numerous times before (and even made a countdown on this blog), I signed up for the half marathon back in March or April. I had many months to physically and mentally prepare and it paid off! I was able to complete the marathon in 2 hrs. 40 min, which for me, is a huge accomplishment. Yes, some people (crazy people might I add) completed it just under an hour or so and totally beat my time, but I wasn’t running to beat any records. I was running for me. After the race, I felt amazing despite my sore legs and disoriented mind, due to low blood sugar. I felt amazing because I set myself up for this challenge and completed it. I was able to make it across the finish line when some people could only make it to the halfway point. I pushed the limits of my physical ability and felt even stronger in the end.
I am a huge believer in living life this way. You don’t necessarily have to do something as ambitious as running 13 (or even 26) miles to prove you are capable of overcoming adversity; but rather, set yourself up for any kind of challenge you think will make you a stronger person if you work through it. If you set yourself up with a challenge and work your ass off to overcome it, you will not be disappointed. Just believe in yourself and keep the people who support you near and you can do almost anything you set your mind to.