When Impossible Becomes Doable

by Stephanie on April 16, 2014 · 2 comments

in Inspiration, Running

At the beginning it is hard.  It doesn’t really matter what “it” is.  This goes for just about anything in life.   When you first take something on you will struggle because it is new and not your norm.

A lot of times it feels impossible.  How will I ever learn this new job?  How could I possibly give up soda?  How can my family live on one salary?  Why can I never remember to floss?  How will I ever finish a 5k/half marathon/marathon/triathlon?

You keep at it.  You try and fail and do better and keep going.  Then this amazing thing happens.

What once felt SO hard, now feels doable.  You may do it without thinking.  You may want to do it.  What once was so foreign becomes your new norm.  You find yourself thinking “I’m craving broccoli” or “I want to go for a run” or “I rock at this job, I’m basically a guru!”  This inevitably leads to the tongue-in-cheek question “WHO AM I?”  You’re you.  Just a little different, hopefully better, version of yourself.

These revelations are so exciting!  It’s the progress and change you worked for and wanted.  It doesn’t mean you won’t have bad days or setbacks.  It does represent a shift in your thinking and ability though and it deserves to be celebrated.

I had one of these moments last night and want to share it with you.

 

Until two months ago I hadn’t run at all since January 2013.  After a year off and an ankle sprain I had to completely start from scratch.  I started the Couch to 5k training plan and could barely run for 90 seconds at a time.

Last night I did a 25 minute run.  It felt good.  DoableDarn near easy.

My legs felt like they were in a groove, on auto-pilot.  It felt like this was just a totally normal thing for them to do.

Victory!

I can’t tell you how great it feels to be back in a place where I’m running consistently, increasing distance, and feeling so comfortable with it.

 

Now, I could sit here and qualify my excitement with something like “it’s nowhere near where I used to be” or “I still have a long way to go to be ready for a half marathon”, but I don’t care about those things right now.

Too often we lament over how far we have to go, rather than celebrating how far we’ve come.

Today I want us to celebrate our achievements WITHOUT qualifying them in any way.

 

Share an achievement of yours in the comments so I can celebrate with you!

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Sarah S April 17, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Great job, I can’t wait to get back out there running. You will be back to your previous pace before you know it

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Stephanie April 17, 2014 at 6:54 PM

You’ll be back at it soon! Enjoy the down time until then and soon you’ll be kicking butt :)

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