(Full race report is in the works and will be up by the end of the day). Until then -
If you have put limits on what you can achieve as a runner (or anything else)...
If you have ever said, "I can't because I am too...."
out of shape
Don't believe it!
Three years ago I was over 200lbs. I never exercised. I did not do much of anything to take care of myself. I could not run a mile straight in any period of time.
Two years ago I was about 160lbs. I could run 3-6 miles without stopping which I thought was a miracle. Most days I ran three miles and most of my miles were in the 11-12 minute per mile range. I believed that a 10K was the furthest I would ever be able to run.
One year ago I was 150lbs. I had just completed my first half marathon in 2:04, and was training for my first full marathon. I was just starting to realize that in running, and in life, I could accomplish pretty much whatever I set my mind to (and was willing to put the work in to achieve).
Today I am 133lbs. I just finished my fourth marathon in less than nine months. I qualified for Boston and met the fastest standard for a female of any age, even under the faster time requirements that will go into effect for the 2013 race (and beat my age standard by over 12 minutes). I believe in myself and in my abilities.
Three years ago I literally would not have believed that any of this was possible. Two years ago I had started on my journey, but still was limiting what I could accomplish in my own head. Last year I was starting to "believe", but even in April of this year when I broke four hours in the marathon, I remember saying that I did not think I would ever be able to qualify for Boston because shaving another 15 minutes off of my marathon time seemed impossible. Then I shaved 25 minutes off that time!
I don' say this to too my own horn... just to show what a difference our own minds can make and how much things can change in a short period of time.
I don't know why so many of us doubt ourselves. I no longer believe I am "too" anything to achieve what I want to. It doesn't matter that I didn't start running until I was 32 years old or that I have 12 kids or any other excuse. I am going to keep setting goals for myself and enjoy the rewards of hard work, dedication and faith.
And the same goes for you. Whatever "too" excuse you are using to limit yourself... don't. Whatever goal you have been believing is out of reach for you... it isn't. If you want something and are willing to put the work in to make it happen, you CAN do it. It may not come quickly and it may not come easily, but the biggest achievements rarely do.
If we all believed in ourselves, and believed we were "too" good to fail, just imagine what we all could accomplish.