And like any muscle, once we've broken down, we grow back stronger.
When I first began running, I was a two-miler. I mean, when I really first began, I considered anything an accomplishment, but once I got into the habit of it, two miles was my maximum.
|And being able to find this kind of data is why I'll never leave Nike+.|
And every day I'd run 1.5 miles from my house to a stoplight down the road, turn around, and run home. Then, a friend mentioned she had finally pushed beyond and gone four miles, and I remember thinking OMG, I can try to go four?!
And the first time I did, I felt absolutely elated and indomitable and just. plain. awesome.
|I enjoyed going back and reading the build-up to this run. I was smart about building the mileage and then ran it three times the following week! I hit 4 miles and never looked back!|
I remember thinking that a sub-30 5k was impossible, and yet here I am, inching into the 26-range.
There are myriad examples, and there's no need to rehash them all; I guess what I'm getting at is that running - more than anything in my life - has shown me that many of the barriers and roadblocks I've faced are in my head. They're completely self-imposed and they're often not even physically impossible; they're only mentally impossible.
|There was a time not that long ago that running a marathon seemed like the hardest, craziest thing someone could ever do! And now I've run three!|
I wonder now if maybe that inability was mental. If I had known how to push myself, maybe I could have gone farther.
And once the mind is on board, we can do pretty much anything. So now I'm sitting here wondering: what else in my life feels physically, truly impossible? And, more importantly...is it?
What has running taught you?
Are you mentally stronger in different aspects since becoming a runner?
What is something you truly think you're physically incapable of?