I talked about this briefly in a post just after the Historic Haunt, but it is still sticking with me so I want to look at this a little more. During the Historic Haunt, I had several people come up to me and explain that this was the very first time they…[insert accomplishment]. That had me extremely excited after the race. Run Richmond has encouraged people to get out of their comfort zone and do something more from the day one. At our first race to have a large number of people come and be excited about that very thing was amazing.
I can’t help but think about the other people that didn’t come to the Historic Haunt. The people that are still convinced that “I am not a runner”, “I can’t do that”, “There is no way I could run even 1 mile”. I have one thing to say to all of those people. YES YOU CAN!
Today right at this moment the majority of our community can not run 1 mile. That is the reality of the situation we are in. All you have to do is look around and you will see the evidence. We are in the middle an epidemic of crazy proportions. Obesity is choking the life out of many of us. I am not pointing my finger to call out others, I am acknowledging my own struggle. I was extremely obese and now I am still overweight. When asked if I could run a 5K a few years ago the answer I would have given would have been “Absolutely not!”. In reality, I have run 2 half-marathons and a full marathon in the last year, plus I am training for another half now.
The answer wasn’t really “Absolutely not”, but “Not yet!”
Some people have issues that prevent them from physically being able to run. That I acknowledge, not everyone can run. Most people just aren’t ready to run yet. Once you start making changes things start changing. Walk a little and you will be able to eventually walk more. Keep at it and eventually, your reality will be changed and you will be able to run…for long distances even.
The problem isn’t really our body lacking the ability to do something. It’s really our mind stopping our body from doing what it was designed to do. We have an amazing ability to sell ourselves short. We can accomplish so much more than we will let ourselves believe. Fuel your body properly and start making positive choices. Surround yourself with people that are doing the things you want to do.
What I really want people to understand is that even though it is hard…You Can Do It. The greatest things in life rarely come while you are sitting around on the couch. Get out and push yourself to be something better than you are today. That is one of the greatest lessons I have ever learned…every day I want to be a better person than I was the day before. I will never be perfect (I am a long way from it), but I know that I am traveling in the right direction. Don’t sell yourself short. Set a goal and go get it!