Four years ago today I went for a run.
Going for a run is something that I do now almost every single day, sometimes twice, but four years ago it was a really big deal.
It was the first run I ever went on.
I never ran in school (outside of the dreaded gym class mile). I never ran for fitness. I had never gone for a run before. I never imagined I could be a runner. I never wanted to be a runner. I was 32 years old, overweight, and unhappy with myself.
Four years later, I almost don't recognize the girl in the mirror.
I am a runner. I love being a runner, and running has given me so much.
Running has helped me
lose and keep off almost 80lbs. Running has given me a new sense of
satisfaction and accomplishment. Running has given me big goals and
dreams, and the confidence to chase after them. Running has helped me
reduce my stress
and increase my patience. Running has helped me make myself a priority
in my own life. Running has given me wonderful friendships and exciting
opportunities. Running helped me find a part of myself... a part
that is athletic, strong, tough, brave, determined, and confident...a
part of me that I truly did not know existed... a part of me I discovered the first glimpse of four years ago today.
Every day running betters my
body, mind and soul.
Running has thought me that with
determination, commitment, consistency, effort, dedication, heart, faith, and lots of
hard work, I can achieve more than I ever could have imagined or dared to dream.
Four years ago today, I became a runner. I am grateful for every day, every mile, every step.
“The task ahead of you is never greater than the strength within you.” – Unknown
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t”. – Unknown
"Have a dream, make a plan, go for it. You'll get there, I promise." - Zoe Koplowitz
"Winning is not about headlines and hardware (medals). It's only about attitude. A winner is a person who goes out today and every day and attempts to be the best runner and best person he can be. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up." - Amby Burfoot
"If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination,
the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to
sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things
that are worthwhile, it can be done." - Vince Lombardi
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Jr.