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From "I can't" to "I can"

Sunday, June 19, 2011

I am ashamed to say that I have under-lived the last 27 years. One of the things I have learned about myself these last three months is that I have used the phrases "I can't" and "I am not" way to much throughout my life.

I can't run

I am not built for running

I can't breathe when I run

I can't run a mile without stopping, how can a run a 5k.

I am not a runner, I never will be

You get the picture. Since running my first 5k in April I have discovered a couple things.

I can run

I am built for running

I can breathe as long as I focus

I can run 4 miles with out stopping at 9:30 min/mile pace while talking


and I AM going to make it a life style by running a half marathon at the end of the summer. That's right I AM and I CAN. This is realization that I AM a runner amazes and disappoint me.

I AM amazed at what my body can do; the body that I used to get so frustrated with that I would end my mile attempts sobbing and give up. I AM amazed by what lies ahead; there are no limits to what I CAN make this body do with a little dedication and hard work.

I AM disappointed that it took me 27 years to figure out what I AM capable of. I AM disappointed that I let myself down by not pushing through the struggles in the past and saying I CAN'T. I AM disappointed that I never realized my potential. I AM going to take that disappointment store it the back of my brain and the next time I feel like saying "I can't" or "I am not" pull that disappointment out look at it and tell it to jump off the nearest cliff. Because I CAN, I AM and I WILL!

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