On Sunday, when I cross the ‘second line’ of the Mankato Half Marathon, I’ll be wrapping up my last race of the season.
This will be my sixth half-marathon in the past 3 years! And to think that before September 2010, running and I were not even living in the same city! It’s been quite a journey.
I still remember the first mile I ran in September of 2010 – it was a painful one and a very, very slow one. Three years later, I’m a little faster than I was back then, but I feel 100% better than I did at the time. I have more energy, I’ve dropped a pant size (or two) and the first mile of everyone is still the most difficult.
Running has brought a series of new people in my life. A few of the folks were acquaintances but most were strangers. Today, they are my friends. I’ve learned so much from each of them and I can honestly say that I am a better person because of it.
I could write a book— don’t worry, I’d never get published — about what I’ve learned about myself during the many miles I’ve put in over the past three years. By far, the most important lesson is this… it doesn’t matter how many people cheer you on and give you the support you need, nothing is possible until you believe it yourself.
I am a runner. Not because people tell me I am, but because I believe this to be true.
We can be and do anything we want … we just need to believe in ourselves!
So now go, be who you are and believe in who you are.
Be well and make it a great day!