Post law school, I set a goal for myself. Well, two goals. I wanted to run a half marathon and a full marathon. That was almost five years ago.
Every goal that I set for myself, I follow through. I made every excuse as to why I could not accomplish those two goals.
I signed up for two; one in Prague and few years ago and one about seven months ago.. maybe eight. That was the Kentucky Derby marathon/half.
I made every excuse and even yesterday (the day before the race), I was very apprehensive because I had been sick and I honestly had not trained according to that calendar that people had given me.
I decided Friday night that I would go pick up my race packet, but I was still unsure.
I woke up early to drive out to the race.
I started off way too fast. I kept that too fast pace for about six miles. I realized I was not running my race. Oh how symbolic this was to life; sometimes people try to keep up with others. When I slowed down a bit, I felt a lot more comfortable and I was allowed to have fun with the race.
I was also able to stop and take pictures and I realized it was ok to just run and not worry about a time. It was ok to stop and see the scenery.
Because of this I even met several who shared stories as we ran together. One guy shared he was running his 12th I believe, and I met this one woman who was 51 and gorgeous and shared that life is all about choices and “I don’t have the responsibility to give up.”
This resonated with me for so many reasons. Too often we don’t realize that we have the power and the ability to conquer all of our dreams; that business, those degrees (I’m on 5 now… blessed to be starting a PHD in the fall), having a family, running that marathon, going out of the country, but we don’t make plans and we try to run other people’s races. Run your race and be true to your race from the start.
And don’t ever let anyone steal your light. It should always be a give take because we all need and should grow and inspire each other!
#ThisThingCalledLife…run YOUR race!!