Wow! What a week. I never imagined that I would take on my first half marathon and a mud run in the same week. Sounds crazy, I know, but things just fell into place that way. Last fall when my daughter decided that she wanted to run in the Tobacco Road half marathon this spring, it sounded like a great idea, another thing to check off the bucket list. Then the crew at my gym that runs the Spartan Race announced this year’s race was the following Saturday. I decided that if I was ready for one, I’d probably be ready for the other and signed up. Honestly, I wasn’t so sure on Tuesday. With a little encouragement from my trainer, my team and my family, not to mention the forecast of a beautiful, sunny day, I found myself headed out to play in the mud.
On the way to the race, my trainer sent me a text that read “four years ago you would never think of doing what you are doing right now.” I couldn’t help but imagine a conversation with my old self. Four years ago, I could never have imagined that I would be here today. That I would be healthy and strong. That staying healthy and strong would be my highest priority in life. Four years ago, I wasn’t just overweight. I was tired and sad. I did not believe that there was any way out. I felt like it was my job to put everyone else first. I really felt like I was at my rock bottom.
So how did I get here? By taking that first step. I decided that I wanted things to be different and then went looking for people who knew how to get it done. How did I take off the weight? By having the mindset that it was possible. How did I train for these races? By having the mindset that it was possible. We all know what we need to do to achieve our dreams. We know the action steps that we need to take whether that dream is to lose weight, or run a race, or write a book, or build a business (you fill in the blank). The first step is to believe that it is possible. The second step is to find the people who know what you need to do and listen to them and take action. Four years ago when my trainer told me that I could handle her boot camp, my belief was VERY weak, but I trusted her and I did what she told me to do. When she said I was ready to move from push ups on the wall to modified push ups on the floor, I did. Surprise, I was ready. Every step of the way, she pushed me to the next level. If you want to live your dreams, find the people you need to push you to the next level.
I write these posts and share these stories because I want you to know that it is possible. I want you to know that I remember what it felt like at rock bottom bottom. You might not be dreaming of half marathons and mud runs, I certainly wasn’t when all this began. But if you find yourself at rock bottom, I want you to know that there is a way up. Now that I am done with this extra training, it is time to get back to a more regular routine. I have openings in my coaching programs and I would love to work with you. Let me know if you would like to talk.