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From I Think I Can to I Did It

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” – Golda Meir

We are three weeks out from Grandma’s Marathon, hence the 20 mile run. Last year, my brother ran his first marathon. This year, my niece Emily is running her first marathon. I am training for my third marathon in October, inspired by many who have gone before and encouraged by friends and family. Each of us can and are called to inspire, encourage and be encouraged by others.

Yesterday, I ran 13 miles of Emily’s 20 mile run, mostly behind her of course. It was in the low 80s most of the run. It was a hot one.  John and Tina followed along on the bike with water, Gatorade and a cow bell.  I remember my first marathon and am so excited for Emily to experience the fruition that comes from the seeds she’s planted, the work she’s done to get here.

“Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles.” – Alex Karras

“Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles.” – Alex Karras

While it’s an important part of the training plan, the 20 miler is more important mentally than physically. It give us the confidence and reminds us that all the work over the past three months will pay off and we have it in us to finish 26.2 miles. We’ve done the work, now enjoy the ride.

We often need to overcome our own definitions, limitations and perceptions of what’s possible, to believe in what we are made of and to act on it. Whether it’s a marathon or another dream that’s written on your heart, pursue it vigorously, put in the work and know that you have it in you to finish the race.

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. congratulations!
    inspires me to get out
    and take a nice walk 🙂

    June 1, 2014
  2. Once again you have cast light in my direction. It was 31 years ago that I first marathoned and you are so right the spirit and discipline I developed then keeps me running daily as a 68 year old.

    June 1, 2014
  3. Love your blog! Glad you found mine ! I am looking forward to following yours! Heart to Heart Robyn

    June 15, 2014
  4. I Run or Dance every day! My brother is also a Marathon runner…sister as well …Cousin is hooked……thank you for being a positive inspiration! Heart to Heart Robyn

    June 15, 2014
    • We can all be positive inspirations – we need to remember that – thank you.

      June 16, 2014

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