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How I Proved Myself Wrong and Ran a Half-Marathon

by Ashley on November 14, 2012 · 1 comment

inspirational quotes 2 Sometimes All You Need Is A Little Inspiration to Keep Rolling

This is a post I wrote for Stratejoy almost a year ago. I wanted to share it with you today to show that you can do what you say you’re doing to do. You can find motivation, and keep the momentum strong enough to accomplish your goal. Last year I decided I wanted to run a half-marathon, so I began training, and four months later I ran 13.1 miles. If I can do it, so can you. And if you’re looking for some accountability as you work toward your goals, there are still a few spots left in the Motivation, Momentum, and Magic group!


Today I ran 3 miles in 36 minutes. Yesterday I ran 3 miles in 39 minutes. The day before that I ran 3 miles in41 minutes. And before that? Well, there’s no record of that because I didn’t run.

In elementary and middle school I hated gym class, specifically anything that involved running. I have never been the “sporty” type, but I stayed active through dance classes and gymnastics. I guess that’s why I feel so drawn to yoga. I love finding new poses and positioning my body to create art, but running has never been my thing. Okay, to be completely honest, I ran/walked a 5k once and I usually run a mile once or twice a week at the gym. That’s it.

I’m not a runner. Or at least, I wasn’t.

Then I spent a weekend in Boston with my friends and they were talking about running a half-marathon in February and I couldn’t stop myself from saying “I want to run it too!”

You know how everyone has those “30 Before 30″ and  ”Life Lists”? I have one of those too, in my head. And one of my goals is to complete a half-marathon. So, now I’m going to actually do it.

I’m only one week into the training program, but I can already feel the changes. My quads are sore and feel like they are trying to rip apart every time I sit down, but besides that? I feel healthier. I feel stronger. My time has improved each day and I love the extra motivation to try harder during the following workout. Also, it might be my imagination, but I can kind of already see more definition in my legs which is awesome.

It’s also challenging. Obviously. My breathing is pretty awful because I haven’t quite figured out how to  keepbreathing while running. And I’m still learning how to pace myself. I’m learning that on a treadmill it’s much easier to run slower and therefore, run further. But outside, even with the running app on my phone, I run much faster than I do inside. And the weather! Did you know there isn’t air conditioning on the trails in the park? It’s just windy and humid (and a high of 83 degrees today!), so that make it a bit more difficult.

It’s like any big accomplishment, though. I mean, when I applied to college, and later, graduate school, I knew what I was getting myself in to. I knew I would have to read thousands of pages, spend countless hours writing papers, and work my butt off. When I decided to become a counselor, I knew it would be a process. I knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. I would have to work for it. Just like anything else in life. Just like this half-marathon.

There are going to be times when I want to stop, I’m sure. But I won’t.

I know what I want.

I want to finish. I want to push myself further than I ever have before. I might get a few blisters along the way, but that’s okay. I will run through the pain. I want to prove myself wrong. I want to prove that I can do this. I also want to have fun. I want to walk away feeling proud of myself and feeling accomplished. I want to feel encouraged and unstoppable.

The race is February 19th. I have an intention. I have several weeks to train. I have accountability partners. I have a schedule. And I have the cutest pair of new running shoes.

I’m ready.

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Maddison @ Miss Imperfect November 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I love the picture I think I am going to stick it up on my vision board, it is a great reminder if we don’t take that leap of faith then we won’t change, if you don’t ask you won’t get anywhere. Oh I just love it. Thank you.


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