I wasn’t athletic growing up. I played one season of rookie league baseball, when I was I believe 10 years old, and hated every minute. I wanted to quit a few games into the season, but my dear mother said “we are not quitters” and made me finish what I started. I am forever grateful that she instilled that mentality into me at a young age because it has helped me achieve some pretty awesome goals in life.
So what changed? I became a mother 8 years ago. Like most women, I struggled to lose the “baby weight”. I started exercising with a group of friends who were on a similar mission. It started with Zumba and then escalated to kettle bells and weights. One day, we had the crazy idea to run a Warrior Dash (one of those insane obstacle mud races that are all the rage now). Run? Wait, I don’t run. Ever. Well, I decided to start the Couch to 5K program just to build enough of a running base to be able to run between obstacles. Nothing serious, I would never become “a runner” or anything.
That was 4 years ago. Since then, I have run 2 (soon to be 3) marathons, 3 half marathons, and too many 5 and 10K’s to count. So how does one go from “I would never become a runner” to this list of accomplishments in 4 years? I would say it’s a lot of determination and a little insanity.
I am proof that anyone, and I do mean ANYONE, can become a runner. When I started on this journey in 2012, I literally could not run for 30 seconds. Now I can run for 4-5 hours. It doesn’t come easy and it doesn’t come quickly. It comes with setting your stubborn mind to it (remember that “we are not quitters” story?) and putting in the work.
This doesn’t mean you have to become a runner. It is all about finding what makes YOU happy and what helps you to be the very best and healthiest version of yourself. Thats the real key to success. At least that’s the way I see it.