One year ago I was feeling pretty weak. I didn’t have much energy, felt sick all the time, and could barely walk up the stairs in our house without wanting to fall over at the top of them. Deep inside I wanted to feel better, I wanted to exercise and have energy again, but I wasn’t motivated. And then one day a little thought crept into my mind that maybe it was time to change the story that my life was telling.
Call it coincidence, call it chance, divine intervention or just universal magic – whatever it was, it made my best friend decide out of the blue to invite me to run a half marathon with her in October. Although I thought it was a crazy idea, an impossible thing for me to accomplish, I said yes. And I began walking, then jogging, slowly and steadily every month until running eight miles was actually doable. But 13.1? I never imagined I’d make it through that.
On race day I not only made it through 13.1 miles, but I ran it fifteen minutes faster than my goal. I charged up most of the hills, ran at a good pace, and pushed through the finish line feeling like a champion. Who knew that I would actually enjoy running a half-marathon!
I can’t tell you how awesome it was to run 13.1 miles with 20,000 women, one of whom is my best friend. I thank my lucky stars that she persuaded me to try a half-marathon, that she cheered me on and convinced me (both months before the race and during it!) that I could actually do it. Because now I not only believe her, but I feel so good about being in shape that I want to keep running. I want to keep pushing myself to try new things that seem daunting or impossible. This half-marathon proved to me that if I can run as far and as well as I did on that day, then I can do anything!
The motto for the Nike Women’s Marathon this year was “I Run To Be”. While I ran the half-marathon, smiling at the awesome scenery in San Francisco and feeling high from the energy of all the women around me, I thought about what the motto means to me…
I Run To Be… healthy. I run to be happy. I run to be a better mom and wife and friend. I run to be in charge of my life. And I run to be proud of my story.