I stumbled across a podcast today called Running Academy. I listened to guest, Laura Skladzinski, talk about her story about becoming a runner and the youngest woman to run a marathon in every state. Like Laura, I can relate to how I became a runner. It didn’t happen overnight. One thing that Laura said, which really made me appreciate my journey was, “I think back to when I couldn’t even run one mile, and I think how amazed if that person could see me now, just how amazed that person would be.”
I can think back to where running one mile was equivalent to running a marathon for me. Ten years ago, I was a junior in high school. Running, although I thought it would be a great accomplishment, seemed unattainable to me. I bought into the belief that people were, uhmmm, born to run, and I did not fit into that gene pool. I could sprint. But, anything more than a dash so out of my league.
It wasn’t until about a year after I graduated from college when I realized that maybe, just maybe, I had what it takes to run. So, I began training for a 5K. Yes, I TRAINED for a 5K. The 5K I was training for was extremely special to me because it was a benefit run for a dear friend who was going through some medical issues. It’s kind of fun to look back on my “hard weeks” when I ran 7 or 8 miles that entire week.
Today, a mere two and a half years later, I have completed several 5Ks, a few 10Ks, a 25K, three half-marathons, two triathlons and a marathon.
I believe that if that person two and a half years ago could see me today, they would smile and give me a huge hug. They would thank me for not giving up and for staying strong when I got discouraged or temporarily sidelined. That person would thank me for taking care of myself, physically and emotionally through running. She would thank me for restoring my sanity and appreciating “me” time. She would be so proud of me, because deep down inside, she always knew I could do it.
Have you accomplished something you never thought you could do? Would the “you” back then be amazed at you now?