“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” -unknown
Here we are again- another New Year. Another time to fight for parking spots at the gym, another time to wait for machines and watch people chit chat and text their way through “workouts”. For those of you committed to staying fit, I commend you on the beginning of a new chapter. No resolutions, just a new chapter and a better YOU.
This year, go out and try something new. Push yourself to new limits. Do you think the first person to run a marathon figured out that they could run that far by sitting on the couch? Nope. They got up and they ran. They pushed until they couldn’t push any more, and even then they still kept going. Greatness isn’t achieved by an occasional gym visit and an occasional healthy meal. Its achieved by pushing, measuring, counting and not stopping when the going gets tough. Its not always easy, and there are days you may wake up and not want to move, but its worth it. YOU are worth it.
To date, I’ve successfully completed 12 races. 6 Obstacle mud runs, 5 basic road races, and one 5k that involved paint. Now, you’re probably assuming that I’m one of those crazy obsessed runners who tries to do as many races as she can throughout the course of a year, and now that does describe me perfectly. However, those 12 races were all completed throughout the course of 2012, and they are the only ones I’ve ever done.
I was never a runner. It was hard for me, I never felt good at it, so I never tried. A friend of mine was running a five mile race to promote health and fitness and wanted me to run with her. I signed up and started my training only a month before the race. The day came, I beat my anticipated time, had a blister the size of Texas…and I loved every second of it. I continued running as a part of my daily routine and decided to sign up for my first Obstacle Course Race (OCR). I talked a friend of mine into signing up as well and on that day in May after running from zombies, jumping over walls and sliding down a slip-and-slide the size of a football field, he looked at me and said “Dude, we have to do tons more of these.” Throw in some gladiators, huge bruises, paint, barbed wire, rope climbs and fire jumps, and you have my year in review.
If I continued to believe the idea that “I couldn’t run” or “I’m not a runner”, I would have never had the experiences I did in doing those races. I also wouldn’t have the desire, belief or motivation that I can do even more. Pushing past that feeling of doubt leads to the success of making dreams come true. Whether your dream is to run a marathon, lose ten pounds or work out three times per week, it can come true. Don’t doubt yourself. Change your “I can’t” to “I can!”
To learn more about these races, visit my good friends, The New England Spahtens. They post race information, reviews and are a great source of support and encouragement for people who love to race and for those looking to start!