May 2, 2010

a tough lesson to learn.

Have you ever set a goal and then become just a liiittle bit afraid that you wouldn't reach it? 
When I signed up for the Soldier Field 10 Mile, the run was over three months away and I thought: a finish line in the middle of Soldier Field, on the 50 yard line? I have to do this!

So I signed up.
And then realized what I'd done.
Ten miles? Um... what was I thinking?!

 I saw the training program: seven, eight, nine miles... 
(I'd been running three miles, five days a week.)

... suddenly ten miles felt very, very long.
And I felt just the tiniest bit unsure of myself...
Can my knees take it? Can my heart take it? Will I get bored?

I'm two months into training now and yesterday, I ran seven miles. the big run is in exactly four weeks and I'm almost three-quarters there! (Cue a huge, huge sigh of relief.)

Lesson to be learned? Stop. Doubting. Yourself.

Stop and realize that you can run, work, live, love, be just as richly and successfully and as beautifully as you hope to.


Sweet Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

this is so great! i know that you can do it and i can't wait to read your post about you finishing the race. good luck!!!

m i s s . k r i s t a said... [Reply to comment]

Aww congratulations! You're definitely on your way!
Keep at it, and I know for sure you'll do awesome at the 10 mile!
Good point though, often we doubt ourselves to the point of holding ourselves back of accomplishing so many things.
Good Luck!!:)

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Alycia (Crowley Party) said... [Reply to comment]

I felt that same way about when I signed up to do a half marathon. After telling my whole family about how I was going to do it, I realized, wait a second... what if I can't do this?! That would suck, be totally embarrassing... ahhh. But you know what. I focused, got confident, and I DID DO IT! &very well might I add. It felt amazing to accomplish a goal I set for myself &that was a challenge.

mermaidqueen said... [Reply to comment]

i'll be rooting for you, laura!! you'll do wonderful

sanchez said... [Reply to comment]

Oh I know that feeling
Espically with running.


Kristin said... [Reply to comment]

Amazing post! I had to learn to stop telling myself that things were out of my reach!

Kat said... [Reply to comment]

Good luck!!!

missy. said... [Reply to comment]

good luck on your run!

this gave me hope. thanks for sharing love.